By Stephen J. Thomas
SYDNEY, March 30. PETRIA Thomas continued her outstanding form at the Australian Olympic Trials when the 28-year-old produced a sensational heat swim of 2:06.01 for the 200 fly – fifth-fastest global performance all-time – in an event in which she took Olympic silver in '96 and bronze in '00.
The Australian Institute of Sport veteran, coached by former Olympian Glenn Beringen, was just two-tenths of a second outside Susie O'Neill's Commonwealth and Aussie record and 0.23 off the world record held by Pole Otylia Jedrzejczak, which was set in Berlin at the European Champs in 2002. Thomas was 0.72 of a second under her previous PR of 2:06.73.
Earlier this morning, Ian Thorpe qualified fastest for tonight's 100 free semifinals in a time of 49.52.