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England fastest in team sprint qualifying

02†August†2002

Australia settle for second qualifying place.

Jason Queally

Jason Queally anchored the English sprint team

Australiaís all-conquering menís individual sprint medallists had to settle for an uncustomary second place in the first qualifying round of the team sprint on Friday, the lone event in the morning session.

Ryan Bailey, Sean Eadie and Jobie Dajka swept up the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively for Australia in the individual sprint competition on Wednesday (31 July) and started the team sprint preliminary round as no 1 seeds.

But the English threesome of Andy Slater, Jamie Staff and Jason Queally, the latter two having won the time trial silver and bronze medals on Sunday (28 July), were 0.497 of a second quicker over the 750m course.

Time trial bronze medallist Jamie Staff, riding as the middleman for England set the fastest individual lap time. He led anchorman Jason Queally around in 13.144 seconds.

Englandís final time was 12 seconds quicker than the Bahamas, the first to go and the first to get knocked out followed by Jamaica as the two slowest teams from the ten that entered.

Trinidad and Tobago, third off after their Caribbean neighbours, set the first proper benchmark of a sub 50 second time, completing the 750m course in 48.971 seconds.

The next five teams all improved on the time set by the nation before them with Scotland, the eighth team to race against the clock, completing the three laps in 46.149 seconds.

But England raised the bar again as they shaved a further second off, finishing in 45.192 seconds - a time Australia were unable to match.

The semi- and finals rounds of this contest will be held on Friday evening.

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