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Seebohm and Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay Dominate Day 2 Heats

Australia’s best chance at a gold medal tonight lies with our men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team after finishing the heats and snaring iconic lane four for the final.

Attempting to equal the heroics of their female counterparts, the team of Cameron McEvoy, James Roberts, Tomasso D’orsogna and James Magnussan had to work hard to claim victory, but at the same looked comfortable with their position throughout the race.

Their time of 3:12.29 was three tenths of a second faster than their arch rival America, which sets up an electric final which will have viewers glued to the television early in the Australian morning.

James Roberts was quietly confident, saying that, “We got through doing it quite comfortably.”

James Magnassan too, made a promise to fans that, “Tonight will be a bit quicker.”

Australia has not won the event since Sydney 2000, where Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim, Ashley Callus and Chris Fydler took to the Americans who arrogantly predicted before the event that they would ‘smash the Australians like guitars.’

Meanwhile, Emily Seebohm has set a blistering pace for day two of swimming heats, qualifying fastest for tonight’s women’s 100m backstroke semi-finals after breaking the Olympic record.
Out of the blocks quickly, Seebohm was at ease throughout the race, touching the wall in a very impressive time of 58.23 – only 0.11 seconds off a world record.

American Missy Franklin (59.61) who qualified second fastest will be slightly worried after seeing Seebohm’s ruthless heat swim, having been dubbed the outright favourite for the event by bookmakers, while Australia’s Belinda Hocking (59.61) has qualified in third position.

Kenrick Monk and Thomas Fraser-Holmes have progressed through to the men’s 200m freestyle semi-finals in 7th and 13th place respectively.

Yesterday’s 400m champion Sun Yang and 400m individual medley gold medallist Michael Phelps are the men to beat, with a quinella including both champions looking a distinct possibility

Leisel Jones has silenced her critics temporarily by placing second in the women’s 100m breaststroke heats and going through to the semi-finals in the process.

Many journalists have suggested Jones is unfit and underprepared in her fourth Olympics, but Jones made it clear that this negativity was the determinant that made her swim faster.

“Thanks a lot, you spurred me on. It’s the best thing that could have happened to me,” said Jones. “I was really pleased with that (the swim)…to get in the semis in this event, I knew I had to go out hard.”

Leiston Pickett has also qualified for tonight’s semi-final 11th fastest in a time of 1:07.41.

Our girls in the 400m freestyle were disappointing, with Kylie Palmer and Bronte Barrett missing out on qualification for the final of their event.

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