Henry notches world record to reach final

Updated: August 18, 2004, 8:50 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Jodie Henry of Australia set a world record in the Olympic 100-meter freestyle semifinals Wednesday night.

Henry came from behind to win her heat in 53.52 seconds, lowering the mark of 53.66 set by countrywoman Lisbeth Lenton at the Australian trials in March. Henry overtook Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands and American Natalie Coughlin to advance to Thursday's final.

"Oh my God, that was nuts," Henry said. "My parents are here, my cousins are here, aunts and uncles. It is just so good to do it in front of them."

Lenton didn't qualify for the final. She finished ninth, missing the last spot by nine-hundredths of a second.

It was Henry's second world mark of the Olympic meet. She passed American Jenny Thompson in the final leg of the 400 freestyle relay Saturday to give Australia the gold in world-record time. Henry swam her 100 split in 52.95.

Jedrzejczak wins 200 fly, her third medal
ATHENS, Greece -- Otylia Jedrzejczak of Poland won her third medal of the Olympics, overtaking Australia's Petria Thomas to win gold in the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday night.

Thomas was under world-record pace halfway through the race, building a body-length lead, but Jedrzejczak had enough left to overtake the Aussie in the final 50. The winner touched in 2:06.05, just off her own world mark of 2:05.78 set two years ago.

Jedrzejczak avenged a loss to Thomas in the 100 fly, winning the first gold medal of her career.

Thomas settled for silver at 2:06.36, while Japan's Yuko Nakanishi edged out American Kaitlin Sandeno for the bronze at 2:08.04. Sandeno was just 14-hundredths of a second behind in fourth, failing to win her third medal of the Athens Games.

Sandeno was set to return later in the evening to anchor the U.S. 800 freestyle relay team, a contender for gold.

Jedrzejczak is emerging as one of the biggest female stars of the Olympic swimming meet. She already had won a pair of silvers in the 400 free and 100 butterfly before winning her first career gold.

Thomas also is having a superb Olympics. Though she failed to sweep the butterflies, she did add to the two golds she's already won in the 100 fly and 400 freestyle relay.


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