BRISBANE, May 13. OLYMPIC butterfly silver medalist, Michael Klim, is confident Australia can again provide a two-pronged attack on the 100m butterfly after his eye-catching win on day two of the Telstra Grand Prix in Brisbane.
Despite being in the midst of heavy training, Klim swam brilliantly in the men's 100m butterfly, stopping the clock at 52.81, out touching arch rival and fellow World Championship team member, Geoff Huegill (53.02) to confirm he is still one of the men to beat come Fukuoka in July. East Asian Games representative, Shane Fielding took third placing in a time of 54.10.
Klim won silver and Huegill bronze behind Sweden's Lars Frolander in last year's Olympic final in Sydney and the trio will resume their rivalry in Fukuoka.
"It was disappointing for Geoff or I not to win the gold medal in Sydney last year and we'll be going all out to try and reverse that decision at this year's World Championships," said Klim.
"Lars will be tough to beat but Geoff and I will be keen to compete against him and hopefully come out of the race with a better result this time around."
Triple Olympic gold medalist, Ian Thorpe (1:48.73) looked comfortable in taking the men's 200m freestyle final. Thorpe finished ahead of Olympic 1500m champion, Grant Hackett (1:49.63) with last night's 100m winner, Todd Pearson (1:50.75) taking bronze.
South Australian, Sarah Ryan (56.23) swam a strong second lap to take a comfortable win in the women's 100m freestyle. Ryan, defeated fellow World Championship teammates, Elka Graham (57.16) and Lori Munz (58.13) into the minor placings.
East Asian Games representative, Jim Piper (1:03.42) gave a quality performance in the men's 100m breast-stroke, relegating World Championship representative, Regan Harrison (1:03.61) into second and fellow East Asian Games member, Jarrad Church (1:05.58) to third.
Western Australian, Jennifer Reilly (4:48.04) dominated her 400m individual medley final with signs her World Championship campaign is well on track. The Olympic finalist took the strong win in front of a shortly rested Lori Munz (4:55.02) and New South Wales' Yvette Rodier (4:56.13).
Kingscliff's, Dyana Calub (1:03.21) pipped out her World Championship teammate, Gold Coast teenager, Giaan Rooney (1:03.44) in a close women's 100m backstroke race. Backstroke World Championship representatives, Clementine Stoney (1:03.86) and Kelly Tucker (1:04.83) finished with the third and fourth placings.
Hometown girl Leisel Jones gave her mother Rosemary a nice gift to cheer about on Mother's Day when she took the 200m breaststroke event. Her time was 2:29.77. She said it was pleasing at this stage of her preparation for this year's World Championships where she will contest the 100 and 200m events.
East Asian Games representative, Kelli Waite (2:33.48) took second while Jones' World Championship teammate and fellow club mate, Tarnee White (2:35.48), finished third.
Ray Hass (2:02.33) upset Olympic bronze medalist, Mathew Welsh (2:04.69) with a solid performance in the men's 200m backstroke. Hass led from start to finish in taking the win ahead of Welsh and East Asian Games representative, Leigh McBean (2:05.43).
Ashley Callus (22.93) made a dramatic 24 hour turn around, winning the 50 m freestyle ahead of East Asian Games Sprinter, Stephen Goudie (23.15) and Australian champion Brett Hawke (23.22).
The men's 1500m freestyle saw Olympic champion, Grant Hackett who trailed World Championship teammate Craig Stevens over the first 1000 meters before winning in 15:31.37 from Stevens (15:44.02) and Andrew Affleck (16:01.10).
In other events, Olympic bronze medalist Petria Thomas won the 200m butterfly in 2:10.20; Robbie Van Der Zant took the 200 IM in 2:03.42 on the eve of his departure for the East Asian Games in Osaka on Thursday.
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