Olympics, Swimming: Leisel Jones Scares World Record, Gets Olympic Standard in Women's 100 Breast Victory -- August 11, 2008

By John Lohn

BEIJING, China, August 12. OF all the events on the women's schedule, none seemed to be more of a lock than the 100 breaststroke. And Australia's Leisel Jones didn't disappoint as she routed the field with a performance that rivaled her world record. It was one of those races that was over from the start.

Surging to the lead with a 50-meter split of 30.63, nearly a second clear of Rebecca Soni, Jones continued to pull away heading into the wall and registered a victorious time of 1:05.17. The effort wasn't far off her global standard of 1:05.09, which has stood since 2006. The time, however, was good for an Olympic record.

The fourth-place finisher at the U.S. Trials, Soni wasn't supposed to contest this event in Beijing. Now, she's an Olympic silver medalist. The replacement for Jessica Hardy after Hardy withdrew from the American team following a positive doping test, Soni took advantage of her second life by clocking in at 1:06.73. Soni looked strong down the stretch, a positive development for her upcoming 200 breast.

The bronze medal went to Austria's Mirna Jukic, who was timed in 1:07.34 to hold off Russia's Yuliya Efimova (1:07.43). The Russian's last two rounds were puzzling as she couldn't match her 1:06-flat performance from the prelims in either the semifinals or the final. American Megan Jendrick, the 2000 Olympic champ, was fifth in 1:07.62.

The second-fastest performer in history, Aussie Tarnee White never found her rhythm this week and finished sixth in 1:07.63. China's Sun Ye was next in 1:08.08 and the field was rounded out by Japan's Asami Kitagawa in 1:08.43.

Results: 2008 Olympic Games - Swimming

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August 12, 2008 Seems that everyone was a little bit off in this final, with Soni the only one producing a PB, although Jones' 1:05.17 was very close to her WR. I won't be surprised to see the same top 3 in the 200 breast (possibly even in the same order).
Submitted by: chris
August 12, 2008 This was a slow final, too bad Jendrick couldn't take advantage of that and get it together for a better time, she could have had a medal.
Submitted by: liquidassets
August 12, 2008 Good swim for Jones, it really showed just how dominant she is in the breastroke events winning by over one and a half seconds over 100m is amazing, and im pretty sure she has the best 11 or 12 times in history now which is phenomenal. I stil cant believe nobody else has gone under 1:06 though i was sure someone was going to in this final. I guess Im just expecting someone to close the gap on Jones but it doesnt seem like happening any time soon.
Submitted by: coz
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