Henry Looking to Branch Out into the 200 Freestyle -- September 2, 2005
MELBOURNE, Australia, September 2. THE reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder in the 100-meter freestyle, Jodie Henry is planning to broaden her horizons at next year’s Commonwealth Games. In a story by Reuters, Henry indicated that she has a desire to contest the 200 freestyle, along with the 50 and 100 distances. With three relays, Henry could walk away with six medals.
The premier nation on the women’s side at July’s World Championships in Montreal, Australia is loaded with youthful female talent, particularly in the freestyle events. There’s a chance Libby Lenton will attempt to qualify for the 200 free at the Commonwealth Games as well. At the World Champs, Lenton led off the Aussie 800 free relay in a sizzling 1:57.06, the fourth-fastest time in history.
If Henry can demonstrate the high-level talent she possesses in the sprint-free events in the four-lap affair, Australia could inch closer to the United States in the 800 free relay. In Montreal, the United States won gold in 7:53.70, slightly quicker than the 7:54.06 of the Aussies.