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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Brits qualify for backstroke final

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posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 02:36 PM
James Goddard and Gregor Tait kept the British flag flying high by qualifying for the Olympic final in the 200 metres backstroke on Wednesday night.

Liverpool's Stephen Parry had given the team their first medal in eight years last night, winning bronze in the 200m butterfly.

And Goddard and Tait ensured morale remained on an upward curve after a disappointing opening three days in the pool with two superb swims in Athens.

Goddard, 21, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in his home town of Manchester in 2002, set a new British record as he led from start to finish to win his semi-final in one minute 57.25 seconds.

The record had belonged to Tait since the Olympic trials, and the 25-year-old Scot responded with a time of 1:58.75secs to finish third in the second semi-final and qualify fifth fastest overall.

World record holder and 100m gold medallist Aaron Peirsol looks in ominous form however, the American setting a new Olympic record of 1:55.14 in winning Tait's heat.

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