World records tumble for EAD swimmers
03 August 2002
Ben Austin of Australia, an S8 swimmer, took the gold in the men's EAD 100m freestyle smashing the world record.
Ben Austin takes the gold
Austin, who also took the gold in the 50m freestyle, and set an S8 world record in the heats, swam a time of 1:01.21 (-1.26).
Scott Field of South Africa an S13 swimmer took the silver with an impressive time of 55.12 (-0.57).
David Roberts of Wales, another S7 swimmer, won the bronze with another world record time of 1:02.50 (-0.12).
Benoit Hout of Canada, an S10 swimmer, broke the world record in his category swimming a time of 53.76 (-0.08). He was first to touch home but came fourth overall.
Austin, after winning his second gold medal of the Games, said: “I’ve changed my training, before I was in an able-bodied programme. Now I am on a more elite-based programme. There’s been rapid improvement, and the preparation has been very good. This is the result."
Second placed Field said: “I swam my best time this morning in the heats, a world record, and I was a little off that tonight, but I’m still very chuffed with the silver.”
Wales's third placed Dave Roberts said: “It was great. But I’m absolutely knackered."
“It’s worth it in the end, because I’ve done more than I ever imagined I could. I had appendicitis eight weeks ago, and the doctor told me I definitely would not be swimming at the Commonwealth Games. I told him I definitely would!”
1: Ben Austin of Australia - 1:01.21 (-1.26).
2: Scott Field of South Africa - 55.12 (-0.57).
3: David Roberts of Wales - 1:02.50 (-0.12).
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