SHEFFIELD, England, August 9. THE man is on a roll, plain and simple. Blazing 48.68, Simon Burnett established a British record in the 100-meter freestyle during the Commonwealth Games Trials on Tuesday. Burnett’s time dipped under his own national standard, a 48.76 mark from the semifinals. Burnett clocked 23.12 for the opening 50 meters and remained strong down the stretch.
Burnett’s record in the two-lap event handed him a sweep of new standards in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles. After setting a British mark in the 200 (1:46.59), Burnett took down the national record in the 50 free, as he scorched 22.12. Certainly, Burnett will be one of the main guns for the British squad at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
In other action from Tuesday’s finals, Liam Tancock took top honors in the 100 backstroke. The bronze medalist in the 50 back from the recent World Champs in Montreal, Tancock finished the race in 55.12. He was joined as a victor by Melanie Marshall in the women’s 100 free (55.50), Katy Sexton in the 50 backstroke (29.14) and Michael Rock in the men’s 100 butterfly (54.26). Rosalind Brett prevailed in the women’s 50 fly (27.30), Chris Cook claimed first in the men’s 50 breast (27.82) and Kerry Buchan won the women’s 200 breast (2:30.02). The 400 freestyle events were won by David Davies (3:50.66) and Joanne Jackson (4:09.43).