INDIANAPOLIS, October 7. THERE’S a new sheriff in town, and her name is Jade Edmistone. At least for the women’s 50m breaststroke.
Edmistone, a 22 year-old Aussie who retired several years ago, then began training again last year, proved that her 50 breast world record two weeks ago at the Aussie Trials was no fluke. Edmistone, going head-to-head with the USA’s Tara Kirk in heat 2 of the semifinals, dispensed with her American rival with deceptive ease, clocking 30.01 seconds – just 11-hundredths off her own global standard. Kirk followed in 30.61.
Afterwards, Edmistone commented: “I love the pool; it’s great. The water feels even better.”
Olympic silver medallist Brooke Hanson, another Aussie, beat Amanda Beard in the first heat, 30.67 to 31.33. It took 31.86 to make the final.
Hanson said: “I was happy to win the semifinal. It’s going to be a great race tomorrow night, and I’m glad to have a middle lane, happy to be in a world championship final.