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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

Thorpedo

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.”

HEAT 3

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

HEAT 4

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

HEAT 5

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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