Canadian record, two semis berths for Keith Beavers at Olympic Games

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BEIJING – Keith Beavers of Waterloo, Ont., broke the Canadian record in the men’s 200-metre individual medley and also advanced in the 200 backstroke in Wednesday evening’s preliminaries in swimming action at the Olympic Games.

In the 200 IM, Ryan Lochte of the U.S., was the top qualifier for Thursday morning’s semis in 1:58.15 followed Laszlo Cseh of Hungary in 1:58.29 and Thiago Pereira of Brazil in 1:58.41.

Michael Phelps of the U.S., qualified sixth.

Beavers clocked 1:59.19 for eighth to eclipse the previous national mark of 1:59.45 set by Brian Johns of Vancouver at the world championships last year. Johns tied for 18th and did not advance.

“I’m really realy excited about this record,’’ Beavers said. ‘’To come out of the 200 back and race that race is quite good. The race felt very good, and smooth”

In the women’s 200 breaststroke prelims, Annamay Pierse of Vancouver produced Canada’s best result in the session qualifying seventh for Thursday’s semis in 2:25.01. Rebecca Soni of the U.S., clocked a Games record 2:22.17 to stand first, Leisel Jones of Australia is second at 2:23.81 and Mirna Jukic of Austria third at 2:24.39.

“My swim felt great and relaxed. I concentrated on my own race and I felt in control all the way through. I didn’t push my last 50 to much so I have lots more in the tank for tomorrow’s semi-final.”

In the women’s 100 freestyle, Erica Morningstar of Calgary advanced to the semis qualifying 15th in 54.66 while Julia Wilkinson of North York, Ont., tied with Patra Dallmann of Germany in 54.70. A swim-off between Wilkinson and Dallmann would have been held to determine the last spot for the semis, but Wilkinson, Canada’s busiest swimmer at the Games, decided to scratch and officially places 17th.

In the men’s 200 backstroke, Beavers and Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que., clocked 15th and 16th respectively to advance to the semis. Beavers clocked 1:58.84 and Oriwol 1:58.94.

In the women’s 4X200 freestyle relay prelims, Canada clocked a national record 7:56.26 to place 10th and did not advance to the final. The Canadian swimmers were Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., Genevieve Saumur of Montreal, Morningstar and Wilkinson.

In Thursday morning’s final Mike Brown of Calgary goes for a medal in the men’s 200 breaststroke final. The session starts at 10 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday evening.

Full results at: http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/Schedule/SW.shtml

More information

In Beijing:
Martin Richard
Director of Communications
Directeur des communications
Swimming Canada
Beijing Mobile +86 150 0772 4307

In Canada
Erin Sulpher
Communications Coordinator
Swimming Canada
Tel: 613- 260- 1348 (ext. 2001)
Cell: (613) 299-1124
E-mail: esulpher@swimming.ca

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