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It's a golden race for Norris

30 July 2002

Following the success of his fellow team-mates, Australia's Justin Norris claims new record in 200m butterfly final.

Justin Norris

Norris notches up Commonwealth record

Australia's Justin Norris scooped a Commonwealth record in the 200m butterfly final tonight at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. He completed the race in 1:56:95 to claim the gold medal. He commented:

"I was pumped about that. I just wanted to win one. That's another notch in the belt."

Norris was not the clear winner from the start of the event but had proved himself a popular choice at the 150m mark. He discussed his opposition from England's James Hickman:

"I thought he may have been a bit too hard to reach when we got to 100, but I put my foot down and began to reel him in. I had it covered in the last couple of metres when fatigue set in."

"I did expect them to be up there, I had to use the crowd's energy."

England's Steve Parry won the silver medal after finishing in a time of 1:57:71. He discussed his feelings on the race:

"I'm a bit gutted really. This morning, I went out too hard, and this evening too soft maybe. We should have won it between us. But fair play to Justin, he had a great swim."

"I could see that me and James were doing well, but Justin came through in the last 50 and pipped us both."

"We were made up to see Karen Pickering get gold - it was a real lift."

Fellow English star James Hickman finished third in 1:58:55.

"Maybe I went out too fast. But my strength is my speed, and I paid for it in the last 25. My plan was to come out quick, and at the end of the day I'm pleased with that. Now I'm really looking forward to the 100."

On winning the bronze medal: "It was quite good, but I was a little disappointed. I didn't want to let the crowd down. I wanted to win and they wanted me to win."

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