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Jones smashes 100m breaststroke record

By Tom Wald 03/02/2006 09:39:22 PM Comments (0)

Jones became the first woman under 66 seconds as she stomped all over American Jessica Hardy's world mark, lowering it by almost half a second in a time of one minute 5.71 seconds.

"That is amazing, my goal was to go 1:05.9," said Jones.

"It has just been an incredible journey this week." It was her second world record of the week after she smashed her 200m world mark by more than a second on Wednesday night.

It was the fourth world record of the trials and third world mark from a swimmer of coach Stephan Widmer.

Jones' success continued her remarkable run since switching to Widmer following the 2004 Athens Olympics.

It reinforced Jones's status as the pre-eminent breaststroker in the world and continued the wave of girl power sweeping Australian swimming.

She now owns four of the five fastest times in the 100m and is the fastest in the 200m by almost two seconds.

Libby Lenton (24.58) earlier proved she is the hottest women's freestyler on the planet by powering to victory in the 50m freestyle.

Mills (24.92) was second just ahead of Jodie Henry (24.96).

Lenton, who broke the 100m world record earlier this week, was less than a tenth of a second outside Alice Mills's Commonwealth record.

Former English swimmer Joanna Fargus (2:11.99) won the women's 200m backstroke and proved that her gamble to return and try and compete for Australia was a success.

The Australian-born competitor was delighted to have won the right to swim for the Dolphins after swimming for England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

"It is nice to be back in the country where I belong," said the 23-year-old.

"It just turned that way that I swam for England and I am so delighted to be a part of the women's team." Earlier Adam Pine (52.71s) became the first Australian swimmer to make four straight Commonwealth Games teams by winning the men's 100m butterfly ahead of veteran Michael Klim (53.06).

The father of two is one of the few competitors who work and train but still showed he could cut in his last crack at making the Australian team.

"When I first won a national championship (in 1993), I swum 55 and was two and half seconds off the world record," said Pine.

"Now I win with a 52 and I am still two and half seconds off."

In the men's 50m breaststroke, Brenton Rickard (28.22) edged out Mark Riley in the one-lap splash.

Matt Welsh (55.21) won the 100m backstroke ahead of youngster Andrew Lauterstein.

Sprinter Brett Hawke (22.51) was the fastest qualifier ahead of impressive youngster Eamon Sullivan (22.54) for Saturday night's 50m freestyle final.

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