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Jones claims another gold

By Melissa Woods 08/01/2008 08:15:37 PM Comments (0)

World champion Leisel Jones earned a rare day off after she capped off her Victorian swimming titles with a gold medal in the 200m breaststroke in Melbourne.

Swimming for the first time in her adopted state's championships, the Queenslander cruised to an easy win to claim her second gold medal after also taking out the 100m, and a silver in the 50m.

A movie with fiance and former AFL player Marty Paske was planned while she put her feet up.

Jones posted a time of two minutes 26.57 seconds, well clear of West Australian Sally Foster and Sarah Katsoulis, and it delighted the 22-year-old who is in the midst of heavy training.

"Anything under 2.30 at this stage is pretty good, I didn't really have a target time to do tonight," Jones said.

"Five days is pretty long and it's catching up with me and I'm feeling pretty fatigued now so I get a day off tomorrow and then it's back to training."

With her eyes firmly focused on this year's Beijing Olympics, Jones used these championships to gain fitness rather than targeting times or medals.

"With a week of racing, I think I got more out of that than what I ever would with training."

The world champion in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, Jones said she felt she still had improvement in her and wasn't concerned she hadn't broken a world record since early 2006.

"I think there's more to come out of my body, I'm only 22 now so I get a lot of strength ... leading into 24, 25, 26, that's when you get really strong," she said.

"There's things I can work on in training, I don't think there's ever a limit you can put on yourself."

In other results on the final night of competition, Papua New Guinea's Ryan Pini won the men's 100m butterfly, Daniel Arnamnart from NSW took out the men's 200m backstroke while his club teammate James Stacey won the 50m breaststroke.

American Madeline Dirado claimed gold in the 400m individual medley, Albury's Belinda Hocking won the women's 100m backstroke, American Nicholas Brunelli took out the men's 200m individual medley while Angie Bainbridge of NSW won the women's 200m freestyle.

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