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Thomas Breaks Commonwealth Record in Short Course 100m Fly -- April 12, 2001

By Stephen Thomas

CANBERRA, Australia. April 11. OLYMPIC 200m butterfly silver and bronze medalist Petria Thomas took 0.07 off her previous Commonwealth short course mark to record 58.26 at the Eastern University Games in Canberra.

After winning three gold, one silver and a bronze medal at the Australian Championships in Hobart last month, Thomas has been selected for the World Championships in Fukuoka in July. Thomas took out the trifecta at the Australian Trials in the 50, 100 and 200m butterfly.

Thomas, who trains under Australian Institute of Sport head coach Mark Regan, managed to put the drama associated with the suspension of AIS coach Gennadi Touretski behind her to produce the record.

The world record is held by the recently retired Jenny Thompson who set a time of 56.56 at the World Short Course Championships in Athens in March 2000.

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