By John Lohn
Photos by Peter H. Bick
MONTREAL, Canada, July 30. DANNI Miatke couldn’t have scripted a better finish to her first foray into international competition. The top seed heading into the final of the women’s 50-meter butterfly, the Aussie rookie claimed top honors with a swim of 26.11. The effort was an Australian and Commonwealth record for the 17-year-old, edging the recently retired Petria Thomas' mark. Miatke and her teammate Jessicah Schipper have now lowered the Commonwealth records in the three fly events at this meet erasing the names of Thomas and Susie O'Neill from the books.
Sweden’s Anna-Karin Kammerling, the world-record holder at 25.57, collected the silver medal with a swim of 26.36. The medal finish marked the third consecutive for the sprint sensation, as she was the bronze-medal winner at the World Champs in 2001 and 2003. Kammerling was followed to the wall by her countrywoman, Therese Alshammar, who registered a time of 26.39.
Austria’s Fabienne Nadarajah touched the wall in fourth place (26.50) and Germany’s Antje Buschschulte took fifth with a swim of 26.55. Buschschulte has already won silver in the 100 backstroke and bronze in the 50 back. American Natalie Coughlin, the silver medalist in the 100 free, placed sixth with an effort of 26.63. The seventh and eighth positions went to the Netherlands’ Inge Dekker (26.93) and New Zealand’s Elizabeth Coster (27.23).