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Girls have the Midas touch

18 Mar 06 10:36



Australia snatches gold from defending 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay team England. 

Australia snatches gold from
defending 4 x 200m Freestyle
Relay team England.

In the first of the Women’s Finals on day three in the pool, Libby Lenton stole the 100m Freestyle crown from her teammate Jodie Henry, with a Games record swim of 53.54 – more than one second faster than her qualifying time.

"It's so exciting. It's my first individual medal in the event," exclaimed a delighted Lenton.

Lenton lead from the outset, with Henry a very close second and fellow Australian Alice Mills finishing with bronze.

Henry is now focused on the relay "I'm just looking forward to the relay now, having us three girls in the one team."

Bronze medallist, Mills was happy with her performance saying "I'm happy to be a part of it'"

Lenton and Mills followed their Freestyle swim with 100m Butterfly Semi-Finals. The first Semi-Final was won by Lenton, with Australia’s Jessicah Schipper set a new Games Record of 58.21 to win the second.

"It was a great swim, I'm really happy with it," said Schipper.

The night’s excitement continued with Australia’s Leisel Jones winning the Women’s 200m Breaststroke in 2:20.72 – just outside the World Record time she set only seven weeks ago.

Brooke Hanson finished fourth.

Struggling to regain breath at the end of the race, Jones said the crowd had helped her in the last 50 metres.

"The crowd just makes you want to go a little bit more, dig a little bit deeper."

The momentum in the Women’s Finals continued into the 100m Backstroke, with Australia’s Sophie Edington setting another Games Record with her time of 1:00.93.

“My whole aim was to go under that 1:01,” said a thrilled Edington.

Swim Team Captain, Giaan Rooney, took silver followed by England’s Melanie Marshall.

Commenting on the race, Rooney said “It was a great race and I gave it all, I just have to be happy with silver.”

Edington summed up the Women’s individual performances when she acknowledged “We’re all pushing each other to new levels at the moment.” 

The Women finished the night with a golden performance in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. Libby Lenton, Bronte Barrett, Kelly Stubbins and Linda MacKenzie outswam Games Relay rivals England, with New Zealand battling with Canada to take the bronze.

This win turned the tide on Manchester, where Australia finished second to England.

Although England was ahead at the first change, Barrett took control and put Australia in a winning position, which Stubbins and MacKenzie extended. England’s Melanie Marshall swam a strong fourth leg to secure silver over New Zealand.

After the race, MacKenzie dedicated the win to Australia’s Manchester silver medal team.

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