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Jones eases to breaststroke gold

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Australia's Leisel Jones claimed gold in the women's 100m breaststroke final in Beijing making up for her heartbreak in the Olympics four years ago.

The world champion and record holder missed out on an Olympic title in Athens but was more than a body length clear as she set a new Olympic record.

She touched home in one minute 5.17 secs ahead of American Rebecca Soni with Austria's Mirna Jukic third.

Jones, 22, was just eight 100ths of a second outside a new world best.

A tearful Jones said victory at the Water Cube had made up for her traumatic campaign at the last Olympics in Greece which almost made her give up the sport.

In 2004 she came third in the 100m and second in the 200m breaststroke despite being favourite.

"It has been a long journey, there's a lot of relief that the training was definitely worth it," she said.

"I was really about to quit after Athens and I was very, very (close) to giving up the sport, I just didn't enjoy doing what I was doing.

"Over the past four years I've really found some enjoyment again, and I never thought I'd be here. I thought I was just deemed to be a bronze medallist."

Jones added: "I am delighted, I couldn't care less about the time.

"An Olympic gold is an Olympic gold, the time, the race, none of it matters - it's all about the gold.

"I've got so much more growing to do, and more learning. I've only been working with my coach Rohan Taylor for a year and I think I've got so much left in me.

The Australian is the first swimmer to win the double breaststroke gold at two consecutive world championships and she will be the one to beat in the 200m breaststroke heats which get underway on Wednesday.

Her success was the third gold won by Australia at the Water Cube, all by women, following wins by Libby Trickett in the 100m butterfly and Stephanie Rice in the 400m medley.




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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forUSA 12 9 10 31
Men's 100m Backstroke 1 1 0
Men's 100m Butterfly 1 0 0
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 200m Backstroke 1 1 0
Men's 200m Butterfly 1 0 0
Men's 200m Freestyle 1 0 1
Men's 200m Individual Medley 1 0 1
Men's 400m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 400m Individual Medley 1 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 1 0 0
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 1 0 0
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 1 0 0
Women's 100m Backstroke 1 0 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 100m Butterfly 0 1 0
Women's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Women's 200m Backstroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Women's 200m Individual Medley 0 0 1
Women's 400m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 0 1 0
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 1 0
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 0 0 1
Women's 50m Freestyle 0 1 0
2 also show each event results forAustralia 6 6 8 20
Men's 100m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 1500m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Men's 200m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 1 0
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 0 0 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Women's 100m Butterfly 1 0 1
Women's 100m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Butterfly 0 0 1
Women's 200m Individual Medley 1 0 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 1 0 0
Women's 50m Freestyle 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forGreat Britain 2 2 2 6
Men's Marathon 10km 0 1 0
Women's 400m Freestyle 1 0 1
Women's 800m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's Marathon 10km 0 1 1
4 also show each event results forJapan 2 0 3 5
Men's 100m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Men's 200m Butterfly 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 0 1
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
5 also show each event results forGermany 2 0 1 3
Men's Marathon 10km 0 0 1
Women's 100m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's 50m Freestyle 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forNetherlands 2 0 0 2
Men's Marathon 10km 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forChina 1 3 2 6
Men's 400m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 200m Butterfly 1 1 0
Women's 200m Freestyle 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 0 1 0
8 also show each event results forZimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Women's 100m Backstroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Backstroke 1 0 0
Women's 200m Individual Medley 0 1 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forFrance 1 2 3 6
Men's 100m Breaststroke 0 0 1
Men's 100m Freestyle 1 0 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 0 1 0
Men's 50m Freestyle 0 1 1
10 also show each event results forRussia 1 1 2 4
Men's 100m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 200m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 0 1 0
Women's Marathon 10km 1 0 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 1 1 0 2
Women's 200m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's 800m Freestyle 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 1 0 2
Men's 200m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 400m Freestyle 1 0 0
13 also show each event results forBrazil 1 0 1 2
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 50m Freestyle 1 0 0
14 also show each event results forTunisia 1 0 0 1
Men's 1500m Freestyle 1 0 0
15 also show each event results forHungary 0 3 0 3
Men's 200m Butterfly 0 1 0
Men's 200m Individual Medley 0 1 0
Men's 400m Individual Medley 0 1 0
16 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 1 2
Men's 100m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forSerbia 0 1 0 1
Men's 100m Butterfly 0 1 0
18 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 1 0 1
Women's 200m Freestyle 0 1 0
19 also show each event results forAustria 0 0 1 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 0 0 1
20 also show each event results forCanada 0 0 1 1
Men's 1500m Freestyle 0 0 1
21 also show each event results forDenmark 0 0 1 1
Women's 800m Freestyle 0 0 1

see also
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Guide to synchro
02 Mar 06 |  Swimming


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