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Thorpe cruises through to semi finals

01 August 2002

Ian Thorpe of Australia was the fastest qualifier for tonight’s semi-finals with 49.76sec, being the only swimmer to break the 50 second barrier.

Ian Thorpe


Thorpe said: “That was a pretty big heat for me. I didn’t think it would be that fast this morning. I’m glad to go through to the semi.”

Craig Hutchionson of Canada clocked 50.54, for third in heat three saying:

“I just wanted to stay strong and aim for a place in the final. I was only aiming to swim 51sec.”

Anthony Howard of England came third in heat four with a time of 50.89, a jubilant Howard said afterwards:

“I was happy of the whole strategy of the race – that’s the best morning swim I’ve ever done, so it bodes well.”


Matt Kidd (ENG) 50.00
Todd Pearson (AUS) 50.07
Craig Hutchinson (CAN) 50.54
Chris Cozens (ENG) 51.17
Alexandros Aresti (CYP) 51.96
Ron Cowen (BER) 52.77


Ashley Callus (AUS) 50.16
Brent Hayden (CAN) 50.17
Anthony Howard (ENG) 50.89
Nicholas Howard (RSA) 51.19
Demetris Demetriou (CYP) 52.45


Ian Thorpe (AUS) 49.76
Ryk Neethling (RSA) 50.59
Carl Probert (FIJ) 52.41
Steven Evans (WAL) 52.74
Damian Alleyne (BAR) 52.80

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