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Saturday, 3 August, 2002, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK

Swimmers land double sweep

James Gibson and Sarah Price led home a sensational double sweep of the medals for England in the pool at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

First, Gibson struck gold ahead of Adam Whitehead and Darren Mew in the men's 100m breaststroke.

Then, minutes later, Price broke a Games record to pip compatriots Jo Fargus and Katy Sexton in the women's 200m backstroke.

On a great night for England in the pool, the hosts took 11 medals.

Rebecca Cooke took gold in the 400m freestyle and Price won a bronze in the individual 50m backstroke.

Then Adrian Turner and James Goddard won silver and bronze respectively in the 200m individual medley.

To cap a fine evening, the women's 4x100m freestyle team of Melanie Marshall, Rosalind Brett, Karen Legg and Karen Pickering took the silver medal, behind Australia.

"It's back to the Moorhouse and Gillingham days - roll on the Olympics"
James Gibson

The two clean sweep races were cheered by an ecstatic crowd at the Manchester Aquatic Centre.

Gibson found himself chasing the fast-starting Whitehead, but did just enough to surge past his team-mate in the final 10m, with Mew just behind in third.

The winning time of 27.72 was not fast, but, afterwards Gibson paid tribute to his fellow medallists and spoke of the dawn of a new golden era for England's breastsrokers.

"These two athletes are great. It's back to the [Adrian] Moorhouse [Nick] Gillingham days," he said.

"Roll on the Olympics."

Whitehead admitted his surprise at winning silver.

"I was never expecting that. My aim was to seal a sweep by coming in third."

England's successful night in the pool was capped by an unexpected silver and bronze double in the 200m individual medley.

Australia's Justin Norris took his third gold of the games, before Turner and Goddard followed him home.

Norris, winner of the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley, did not hit the front until the last length, winning in 2:01.32mins.


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