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Jones crowned princess of the pool

01 August 2002

Australia’s Leisel Jones snatches victory in the women’s 200m breaststroke final.

Leisel Jones

Leisel Jones gets the gold

The 16-year-old swimming sensation Jones held off South Africa’s Sarah Poewe to claim Commonwealth gold.

Jones who took the Olympic silver two years ago coasted home to a comfortable victory in 2:29.93. Her low breaststroke style was clearly a cut above the rest of the field.

Jones said: “My first international gold feels fantastic. It was good to get out of the silver bracket. I was a little disappointed with the time, but I think I’ll get there with age.

“I went out in the first 100 but I couldn’t sustain it.”

19-year-old Poewe (2:27.47) was too strong for the other Australian swimmers, Kellie Waite (2:28.58) and Hansen (2:29.55).

Bronze medallist Waite said: “I’m so stoked. I’m so excited to get a medal. My main aim was to make the final and see where I could go from there.”

England’s challenge in the shape of Heidi Earp (2:30.45) placing fifth, and Jaime King (2:31.58) who finished seventh failed to topple Australia’s attempts to take a clean sweep in the pool. Earp who this morning had been advised not to race after being diagnosed with sinusitis was only two seconds outside her personal best.

Earp said: “I felt terrible this morning – really dizzy. There was a possibility I would have to pull out. But after talking it over with my coach we decided that I would swim.”

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