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Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 18:14 GMT 19:14 UK

Henry produces storming finish

Jodie Henry swam a storming second length to win the women's 100m freestyle final on Thursday night.

The 18-year-old Australian won in 54.55, with South Africa's Helene Muller in second and England's Karen Legg taking bronze.

"I don't think I swam the race I wanted to"
Jodie Henry

Henry, who won five gold medals at the 2000 Youth Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, was fifth at the turn but forged through on the second length to win.

Competing in her first major competition, Hendry admitted that she was nervous before the race.

"But my coach had told me that I had nothing to prove so that helped relax me," she said.

"I don't think I swam the race I wanted to. The time was quite slow.

"All the other girls usually go quicker on the first lap, and I thought 'Hang on, what's happening here'."

England's Karen Pickering, the 1994 Commonwealth 100m freestyle champion and winner of the 200m freestyle on Tuesday, had to settle for fourth in 55.95.

Scotland's Alison Sheppard, bronze medallist in the 50m butterfly on Wednesday, led at the turn but faded to sixth.

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