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Australian super swimmers through to another final

31 July 2002

Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett eased their way into the final of the 200m freestyle.

Grant Hackett

Grant Hackett qualified with the second fastest time

Thorpe, who set the fastest qualifying time (1:48:50), and has already bagged two golds of a possible seven, told the BBC: "I am happy with that," said Thorpe, who broke the 400m freestyle world record in winning his first gold on Tuesday.

"It was a good heat and I qualified comfortably for the final.

"I got back to the village late but I slept well last night after all the excitement of breaking the record.

"I will have a sleep later today and I hope to polish up well for the final and swim well tonight."

Thorpe will meet main rival Grant Hackett who won the second heat in a time of 1:49:22.

England's Jamie Salter finished behind Hackett to raise his hopes of winning a medal in the event.

Canadians, Rick Say, Mark Johnston and Brian Johns, will also be batling it out in the final.


Ian Thorpe (AUS) 1:48.50
Grant Hackett (AUS) 1:49.22
Rick Say (CAN) 1:49.94
Mark Johnston (CAN) 1:50.26
Brian Jones (CAN) 1:50.40
Jamie Salter (ENG) 1:50.41
Jason Cram (AUS) 1:50:56
David Carrie (SCO) 1:51.45

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