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Men's Swimming field narrows

19 Mar 06 00:48
 Brenton Rickard of Australia is fastest qualifier for the semi finals of the Men's 50m Breaststroke.

Brenton Rickard of Australia is
fastest qualifier for the semi
finals of the Men's 50m

Australia's Brenton Rickard has qualified fastest for the Semi Finals of the Men's 50m Breaststroke, while the Men's 100m Butterfly has seen Ryan Pini of Papua New Guinea top the field.

In the Men's 100m Backstroke Mathew Welsh of Australia has qualified in the fastest time of 55.22 seconds to secure his place in the Semi Finals.

Rickard, who earlier won bronze in a tight finish of the Men's 100m Breaststroke, clocked in fastest in 28.19 seconds. England's Darren Mew touched at 28.21, edging out team-mate Chris Cook who is chasing a golden double after winning the 100m Breaststroke.

Defending Commonwealth Games Men's 50m Breaststroke gold medallist and current Commonwealth Record Holder, James Gibson of England, will be hoping to improve on his heat swim of 28.65 - more than a second outside his personal best.

Australia's Christian Sprenger, a silver medallist in this event at the 2005 FINA World Cup in Sydney, qualified third fastest in a time of 28.39 seconds. Scotland will have three swimmers in the Semi Finals - Ross Clark, Christopher Jones and Robert Lee.

Also through to the 100m Breaststroke Semi Finals are Scott Dickens of Canada with a time of  28.59, Andrew Breeof Northern Ireland, New Zealand's Glenn Snyders, Andrew Cross of Barbadosand Stuart Manford of Wales.

In the Men's 100m Butterfly Ryan Pini of Papua New Guinea has qualified fastest, with a time of 53.50 seconds.

Scotland's Todd Cooper came in second fastest with a time of 53.64, while Australian Adam Pine's time of 53.72 placed him third overall.

Matthew Bowe of England qualified fourth fastest with a time of 53.83 followed by 200m gold medallist Moss Burmester in 53.88. New Zealander Burmester's team-mate Corney Swanepoel qualified sixth fastest with a time of 53.94.

Jeremy Knowles of the Bahamas and Australia's Michael Klim and Andrew Richards will also go through to the Semi Final.

For the latest results, view the Schedules and Results section on this Website.

- Games News Service

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