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New Games record for Thomas

01August2002

With three events to race today Petria Thomas of Australia started the day with a Games record 58.45sec heat swim, nearly 1sec quicker than the mark she established in Kuala Lumpur four years ago.

Petria Thomas

New Games record for Petria Thomas

Afterwards Thomas said: Ive saved a bit extra for the finals. Ive been very tired because Ive been racing so much, but Im enjoying the whole event.

Ive got a very busy schedule. Tonight I might have to ease off to save myself for the freestyle events. I have to make sure I look after myself as best I can. I know which races I need to lift myself for, and I save myself for those.

Rachel Coffee of Australia won heat one with 1:00.61 said: I felt awesome. I was so nervous going into my first event, but now Im looking forward to the next round. Watching everyone else swim so well, you just want to be a part of it.

Georgina Lee of England who came second in the third heat behind Thomas said: It was a really good swim. I wanted to swim off a few nerves before the next round, where I want to do a strong swim.

HEAT 1
Rachel Coffee (AUS) 1:00.61
Audrey Lacroix (CAN) 1:01.07
Maria Papadopoulou (CYP) 1:01.80
Alica Mills (AUS) 1:01.93
Bethan Francis Coole 1:03.44
Christel Bouvron (SIN) 1:03.81

HEAT 2

Jennifer Button (CAN) 1:00.67
Mandy Loots (RSA) 1:00.70
Joscelin Yeo (SIN) 1:01.22
Jessica Deglau (CAN) 1:02.33
Gemma Mary Howells (WAL) 1:03.50

HEAT 3
Petria Thomas (AUS) 58.47 (GR)
Georgie Lee (ENG) 1:00.84
Mandy Leach (ZIM) 1:02.24
Margaretha Pedder (ENG) 1:02.45
Elizabeth van Welie (NZL) 1:03.48

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