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Olympic Games: MOC slams press, explains performance

Sydney 2000In a press conference that took about two hours, Malta Olympic Committee president Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco and Director of Sport and Chef de Mission in Sydney, Pippo Psaila analysed the performance of the local athletes in the Sydney 2000 games and reacted to "unfair" comments appearing in the local press. Farrugia Sacco explained that three of the local athletes qualified thanks to a wild card or by invitation in shooting, sailing and judo while in swimming and athletics, Malta took part thanks to the universality principle. He said that one cannot go there and expect to return home with a medal. However, although the athletes did their best, the MOC expected better results. Farrugia Sacco emphasized on the importance of taking part as federations and athletes gain a lot through participation in such events.

The MOC president hit back on those who had criticised the MOC on taking a large number of officials in Sydney. He said that all travelling and accommodation expenses of the athletes and officials were paid by the International Olympic Committee and the SOCOG (the Games' organising committee). Other officials were there on a personal basis but still offered their services. All the funds provided by the government and sponsors had been used for the preparation of the athletes. He concluded by thanking the athletes, the federations and the Maltese-Australian community.

MOC Director of Sport, Pippo Psaila said that all the athletes who went to Sydney well prepared in all aspects. The MOC had provided the federations with all the resources they could provide. Psaila said that better results were expected from the more experienced athletes - Frans Pace, Mario Bonello and Laurie Pace, while the other four athletes who were taking part for the first time could have done better even if they did quite well. He mentioned that one of the problems was that some athletes reached their peak in qualifying for such events a few weeks earlier and then performed below what was expected in Sydney. Psaila concluded by saying that it was about time that the state helps sport better and that he feels that in the next Small Nations' Games in San Marino next year and in Malta in 2003, athletes would do better than they had done in previous editions.  (MM)   [Sat 07/10/00 11:23:44 CET]

Olympic Games: Olympic adventure comes to an end for Maltese contingent

Sydney 2000The adventure of the Maltese contingent in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games came to an end on Friday with the last Open Laser class fleet races where Mario Aquilina placed 37th out of 43 sailors. Without any doubt, much more was expected from the Maltese athletes. Malta's highest hopes lied on shooter Frans Pace in the Trap event. However flu tampered with his chances on a good performance in Sydney and he ended the competition in the 32nd place out of 41 participants. In swimming, Angela Galea and John Tabone failed to improve on the national records or at least, theiir personal bests. In the 100m butterfly, Galea placed second in a heat for just three swimmers and obtained the 45th time out of fifty swimmers. Tabone took part in the 4x100m individual medley placing last out of 45 swimmers. In athletics, Mario Bonello and Sue Spiteri both took part in the 100m, both failing to improve the national record. Spiteri's result was quite encouraging considering that she lacked the necessary experience. She placed eighth in a heat where gold medalist Marion Jones was taking part. Overall she placed 69th out of 84 athletes. On the other hand, Bonello placed 85th out of 99 athletes. Finally, judoka Laurie Pace took part in the Women's Lightweight 57kg event losing to a French opponent in the first round.  (MM)   [Sat 30/09/00 09:19:31 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: 37th place for Mario Aquilina

Mario AquilinaMario Aquilina ended his commitments in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in the 37th place of the Open Laser class. In the last two races, the tenth and eleventh fleet races, he placed 36th and 37th. Aquilina's best performance was registered on Tuesday when he finished the seventh race in the ninth place. This helped him climb the standings temporarily to the 34th place. Aquilina obtained a total 353 points and a net 272 points. He placed better than the sailors from Singapore, Antigua and Barbuda, Cyprus, Guam, Iceland and Croatia.  (MM)   [Fri 29/09/00 16:01:41 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina loses another place

Mario Aquilina lost another place at the end of the tenth Open Laser flleet race which he finished in the 38th place. In the general standings, Aqulina is 37th with a total 326 points and a net 253 points, in front of the sailors from Turkey, the Netherlands Antilles, Antigua and Barbuda, Singapore, Cyprus, Guam and Iceland. Another race, the last one of the competition wil be held later on during the day.  (MM)   [Fri 29/09/00 06:54:30 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina in the 36th place after nine races

Mario AquilinaFollowing the postponement of the eight fleet race of the Open Laser Class on Tuesday and the cancellation of almost all sailing events on Wednesday due to heavy showers and sudden fluctuations in wind strength and direction, the eighth and ninth fleet races were held on Thursday afternoon local time. Mario Aquilina placed 36th in the eighth fleet race and 33rd in the ninth one. After nine races, Aquilina is in the 35th place with a total 288 points and a net 246 points, in front of the sailors Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Peru. Singapore, Turkey, the Netherlands Antilles, Cyprus, Guam and Iceland. He placed 41st and 42nd on Wednesday and then on Thursday, he improved his performances by placing 26th and 34th in the third and fourth races. On Saturday, he finished the fifth race in the 31st place, the sixth one in the 36th place and the seventh in the 10th place.  (MM)   [Thu 28/09/00 06:40:30 CET]

Olympic Games: The MOC and athletes expected more

Malta Olympic CommitteeThe Malta Olympic Committee issued a statement with regards to the performance of the Maltese athletes and comments about their participation in the local media. The MOC states that not all the objectives have been reached although there were some targets which were attained. However this was a good exercise for the development of the local athletes who gained experience competing with top level athletes. All the athletes took part after satisfying the criteria established by the International Olympic Committee and the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG). The SOCOG provided three assistants to the Maltese delegation and paid for all the travelling and accommodation expenses of all delegations. The funds from the Government and sponsors was devoted entirely for the preparation of the local athletes. Although the MOC gained also scholarships from the IOC to provide the athletes with more intensified preparation, these funds from the different sources cannot be compared with the funds that other countries have. The MOC concluded by thanking, the Attachè Leslie Cassar and the Malta Olympic Support Committee in Sydney.  (MM)   [Tue 26/09/00 17:45:22 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina climbs six places after placing 10th in seventh race

Mario Aquilina placed tenth in the seventh fleet race which was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Sailing Marina at Rushcutters Bay. This good placing puts him temporarily in the 34th place. Another race was scheduled for later on during the day. However a weak low pressure system off the coast from Sydney which brought heavy showers and sudden fluctuations in wind strength and direction caused the cancellation of the eighth race. After seven races, Aquilina is in the 34th place with a total 219 points and a net 177 points, in front of the sailors from Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Peru. Singapore, Turkey, the Netherlands Antilles, Cyprus, Guam and Iceland. He placed 41st and 42nd on Wednesday and then on Thursday, he improved his performances by placing 26th and 34th in the third and fourth races. On Saturday, he finished the fifth race in the 31st place and the sixth one in the 36th place.  (MM)   [Tue 26/09/00 17:28:26 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina 10th in seventh race

Mario AquilinaMario Aquilina placed tenth in the seventh fleet race which was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Sailing Marina at Rushcutters Bay. This good placing puts him temporarily in the 34th place. Another race will be held later on during the day. After the first six races, Aquilina was in the 40th place with a total 209 points and a net 167 points, one behind the sailor from Guam but in front of the sailors from Cyprus, the Netherlands Antilles and Iceland. He placed 41st and 42nd on Wednesday and then on Thursday, he improved his performances by placing 26th and 34th in the third and fourth races. On Saturday, he finished the fifth race in the 31st place and the sixth one in the 36th place.  (MM)   [Tue 26/09/00 06:29:56 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina 40th after six races

Mario Aquilina was back in action on Saturday when the fifth and sixth fleet races were held at the Sailing Marina at Rushcutters Bay. He finished the fifth race in the 31st place and the sixth one in the 36th place, retaining the 39th position with a total 209 points and a net 167 points, one behind the sailor from Guam but in front of the sailors from Cyprus, the Netherlands Antilles and Iceland. He placed 41st and 42nd on Wednesday and then on Thursday, he improved his performances by placing 26th and 34th in the third and fourth races. The next two races will be held on Tuesday.  (MM)   [Sat 23/09/00 07:28:45 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina back in action on Saturday

Mario AquilinaMario Aquilina, who is taking part in the Open Laser Class in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, will be back in action on Saturday when the fifth and sixth fleet races will be held at the Sailing Marina at Rushcutters Bay. After four races, Aquilina stands in the 39th place with 143 points followed by the sailors from Guam, the Netherlands Antilles, Turkey and Israel. He placed 41st and 42nd on Wednesday and then on Thursday, he improved his performances by placing 26th and 34th in the third and fourth races.  (MM)   [Fri 22/09/00 22:41:25 CET]

Olympic Games - Athletics: Mario Bonello and Sue Spiteri take part in 100m heats

Suzanne SpiteriMario BonelloThe two Maltese athletes, Mario Bonello and Suzanne Spiteri, were in action on Friday in the heats for the 100 metres for men and women respectively when the first events in athletics were held at the Olympic Stadium. Suzanne Spiteri ran in heat 6 from the first round of heats of the 100m clocking 12.57s finishing the heat in the 8th place out of 9 athletes. Her time was better than a good number of athletes in the other heats. In fact, her time was the 69th best out of 84 athletes. Also taking part in this heat was the fastest woman on earth, Marion Jones, who won the heat in 11.20s. Winner of the gold medal in the 100m in the World Championships in Seville, Spain last year with 10.70s, Jones is now aiming to win 5 gold medals at the Sydney Games in the 100m, 200m, long jump, 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Sandra Citte (France) placed second followed by Monica Afia Twum (Ghana), Marina Trandenkova (Russia), Shani Anderson (Great Britain), Ekundayo Williams (Sierra Leone), Laure Kuetey (Benin), Spiteri and Shamha Ahmed (Maldives).

Mario Bonello ran the 100m in 11.06s in heat 1 ending last in the heat. This was 0.42 seconds worse than the new national record which he had set at 10.64s. Aziz Zakari (Ghana) won the heat in 10.31s, followed by Patrick Johnson (Australia), Jose Venancio (Spain), Martin Lachkovics (Austria), Nicolas Macrozonaris (Canada), Jamal Al Saffar (Saudi Arabia), Tich Thien Luong (Vietnam) and Pa Modou Gai (Gambia). Bonello placed 85th out of 99 athletes.  (MM)   [Fri 22/09/00 05:22:17 CET]

Olympic Games - Athletics: Sue Spiteri in same heat with Marion Jones

Suzanne SpiteriMario BonelloThe queen-sport of the Olympic Games - Athletics starts-off on Friday with a large number of heats from the different categories at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney. The two Maltese athletes, Mario Bonello and Suzanne Spiteri, are in action also on Friday in the heats for the 100 metres for men and women respectively. Both athletes are aiming at improving the national records which they already hold. Suzanne Spiteri will be running in heat 6 from the first round of heats of the 100m. Also taking part in this heat is the fastest woman on earth, Marion Jones. Winner of the gold medal in the 100m in the World Championships in Seville, Spain last year with 10.70s, Jones is now aiming to win 5 gold medals at the Sydney Games in the 100m, 200m, long jump, 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Also running in the same heat are Shani Anderson (Great Britain), Marina Trandenkova (Russia), Monica Afia Twum (Ghana), Ekundayo Williams (Sierra Leone), Sandra Citte (France), Laure Kuetey (Benin) and Shamha Ahmed (Maldives). This heat will be held at 13:35 local time (4:35 CET)

Mario Bonello will be running in heat 1 from the first round of heats of the 100 metres which will be held at 11:35 local time (2:35 CET). Also running in the same heat are Pa Modou Gai (Gambia), Jamal Al Saffar (Saudi Arabia), Patrick Johnson (Australia), Martin Lachkovics (Austria), Nicolas Macrozonaris (Canada), Tich Thien Luong (Vietnam), Jose Venancio (Spain) and Aziz Zakari (Ghana).  (MM)   [Thu 21/09/00 08:23:23 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina recovers well

Mario AquilinaMario Aquilina started his recovery after a obtaining the 42nd place out of 43 sailors on Day 1 of the Open Laser Class which is being held at the Sailing Marina at Rushcutters Bay. In the two races that were held on Thursday afternoon local time, Aquilina placed 26th and then 34th. He now stands in the 39th place with 143 points followed by the participants from Guam, the Netherlands Antilles, Turkey and Israel. On Wednesday, he finished 42nd in both races but then the result of the first race was adjusted following the disqualification of a Finnish sailor. The Laser Dinghy is the most popular one-person sailboat in the world, gaining Olympic status in 1996. The Laser has an overall length of 4.24 m, weighs 59 kg and carries a single sail with a sail area of 7.06 metres squared. The next two races will be held on Saturday.  (MM)   [Thu 21/09/00 08:23:23 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina 42nd after two races

Mario AquilinaMario Aquilina is in the 42nd place out of 43 sailors after the first two races from the Open Laser Class which was held on Wednesday afternoon local time at the Sailing Marina at Rushcutters Bay. He placed 42nd in both races and now carries a total number of 84 points. Although in all there are going to be 11 races, the last one to be held on the 28th September, Aquilina's perfomance in the first two races means that it will be very difficult for him to place among the upper half of the classification. The Laser Dinghy is the most popular one-person sailboat in the world, gaining Olympic status in 1996. The Laser has an overall length of 4.24 m, weighs 59 kg and carries a single sail with a sail area of 7.06 metres squared.  (MM)   [Wed 20/09/00 06:59:46 CET]

Olympic Games - Sailing: Mario Aquilina in action on Wednesday

Mario AquilinaThe fifth Maltese athlete to compete in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games is Mario Aquilina when on Wednesday at noon local time (03:00 CET), the first race from the Open Laser Class will be held at the Sailing Marina at Rushcutters Bay. After the rather disappointing performances of the four athletes who have taken part so far, Malta's hopes lie on the 25-year old sailor. Forty-three sailors are taking part in the event which will be based on 11 races which come to an end on the 28th September. The Laser Dinghy is the most popular one-person sailboat in the world, gaining Olympic status in 1996. The Laser has an overall length of 4.24 m, weighs 59 kg and carries a single sail with a sail area of 7.06 m sq.  (MM)   [Tue 19/09/00 16:48:27 CET]

Olympic Games - Judo: Laurie Pace eliminated in the first round

Laurie PaceMaltese judoka Laurie Pace was eliminated in the first round of the Women's Lightweight 57kg event which was held on Monday afternoon local time (06:00 CET) at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Laurie Pace lost to Barbara Harel of France by ippon. This was the third time Laurie Pace was representing Malta in the Olympic Games after Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996 and this time she had the honour to carry the Maltese flag during the March-Past in the opening ceremony.  (MM)   [Mon 18/09/00 07:45:51 CET]

Olympic Games - Judo: Laurie Pace in action on Monday

Laurie PaceThe fourth Maltese athlete to get in action in Sydney is judoka Laurie Pace. The Women's Lightweight 57kg event will be held on Monday at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is the third time Laurie Pace is representing Malta in the Olympic Games after Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996. Taking part in this event are 23 judokas. Besides Pace, there are Pernilla Andersson (Sweden), Orit Bar On (Israel), Michelle Buckingham (Canada), Filipa Cavalleri (Portugal), Cinzia Cavazzuti (Italy), Ludmila Cristea (Moldova), Hishigbat Erdenet-Od (Mongolia), Isabel Fernandez (Spain), Tania Ferreira (Brazil), Jessica Gal (Netherlands), Driulys Gonzalez (Cuba), Barbara Harel (France), Zulfiyya Huseynova (Azerbaijan), Rose Marie Kouaho (Cote d' Ivoire), Kie Kusakabe (Japan), Marisabelle Lomba (Belgium), Francoise Madeleine Nguele (Cameroon), Cheryle Peel (Great Britain), Maria Pekli (Australia), Jun Shen (China), Michaela Vernerova (Czech Republic) and Ellen Wilson (USA)  (MM)   [Sun 17/09/00 22:04:45 CET]

A bit of Malta behind Australian gold-medal

AustraliaA bit of Malta is probably behind one of Australia's gold medals. One of the members of the men's swimming 4x100m Free Relay team which won the final in 3:13.67, establishing a new world record, is Ashley Callus. His surname leaves very few doubts that the gold medalist could have Maltese origins. Twenty-one year old Callus hails from Brisbane, Queensland. The other members of the team were Michael Klim, Chris Fydler and Ian Thorpe. Another athlete of Maltese origins who is representing Australia is table-tennis player, Simon Gerada. He is taking part in the Men's Singles and Men's Doubles events. Gerada hails from Melbourne, Victoria.  (MM)   [Sun 17/09/00 21:57:33 CET]

Olympic Games - Shooting: Frans Pace 32nd in trap event

Frans PaceOne of Malta's highest hopes, shooter Frans Pace finished in the 32nd place after the second series of the Men's Trap Qualification which was held on Sunday morning local time at the Sydney International Shooting Centre. After hitting 60 clay targets out of 75 in the first series, on Sunday, Pace hit 46 out of 50 for a total of 106 out of 125. Another four shooters hit 106 - Francesco Amici (San Marino), Jiri Gach (Czech Republic), Serguei Lioubomirov (Russia) and Andraz Lipolt (Slovenia). Michael Diamond (Australia) won the gold medal with 122, Ian Peel (Great Britain) won the silver medal with 118 and Giovanni Pellielo (Italy) with 116 targets.  (MM)   [Sun 17 September 2000 06:48:32 CET]

Olympic Games - Swimming: John J. Tabone last in the 400m Individual Medley

John J. TaboneJohn J. Tabone placed last in the first heat of the Men's 400m Individual Medley which was held on Sunday at the Aquatic Centre in Sydney. His time, 4:53.12, put him in the last place of the heat behind Lik Sun Fong of Hong Kong (4:29.02), Georgi Palazov of Bulgaria, Oussama Mallouli of Tunisia and Kuo-Tung Hsu of the Chinese Taipei. Tabone's time was the highest one when compared to that of the other forty-five swimmers taking part in the event.  (MM)   [Sun 17/09/00 06:52:11 CET]

Olympic Games: Fund-raising activity for Olympic squad

Malta Olympic CommitteeA cocktail party was held on Saturday at the Maltese Centre Hall in Parkville, Victoria, Australia by the Malta Olympic Support Committee Australia in aid of the Maltese athletes who are taking part in the Sydney Olympics. Mr Herbert Portanier introduced the guests - MOC president Mr Justice Lino Farrugia-Sacco and the Chef-de-Mission, Pippo Psaila who visited Melbourne in particular for this activity. Also present were His Excellency Ives De Barro, the Maltese High Commissioner in Australia, Mr Clemente Zammit, Maltese General Consul in Victoria and Dr Victor Borg, president of the Maltese Community Council of Victoria. During his speech, Mr Justice Farrugia-Sacco said that while marching in the Opening Ceremony, the Maltese team was proud of being Maltese and proud of being able to meet so many Maltese in Australia. Farrugia-Sacco concluded by saying that he was pleased to see that the Maltese in Australia are so proud of their origins.
Information provided by Paul Vella  (MM)   [Sun 17/09/00 10:17:22 CET]

Olympic Games - Swimming: John J. Tabone in action on Sunday

John J. TaboneJohn J. Tabone gets in action on Sunday at 12:24 local time (3:24 CET) at the Aquatic Centre in Sydeny in the first heat of the Men's 400m Individual Medley. The other swimmers in the first heat are Lik Sun Fong of Hong Kong, Georgi Palazov of Bulgaria, Oussama Mallouli of Tunisia and Kuo-Tung Hsu of the Chinese Taipei. This heat is the first one out of six. Forty-six swimmers are taking part in all.  (MM)   [Sat 16/09/00 16:57:23 CET]

Olympic Games - Swimming: Angela Galea fails to improve her personal best

Angela GaleaThe first Maltese athletes to get in action was swimmer Angela Galea. Galea placed second out of three competitors in the first heat of the women's 100m Butterfly in 1:07.88. This timing was lower than her personal best of 1:07.77. Lisa de la Motte (Swaziland) won the heat in 1:06.70 and Tracy-Ann Route (Federated States of Micronesia) placed third. Comparing Galea's time with that of the other swimmers, hers was the 45th out of 50 swimmers. In the other heats, Jenny Thompson (USA) established the Olympic record for the 100m butterfly with 57.66s in the fifth heat but then Inge de Bruijn of Holland improved that record to 57.60s in the seventh heat.  (MM)   [Sat 16/09/00 06:13:50 CET]

Olympic Games - Shooting: Very bad start for Frans Pace

Frans PaceOne of Malta's highest hopes, shooter Frans Pace had a very bad start when in the first series of the Men's Trap Qualification which started on Saturday morning local time at the Sydney International Shooting Centre. He hit 60 clay targets out of 75, which is a low score compared to Pace's usual performances. Something which may be affecting Frans Pace negatively is the fact that he is suffering from a cold. Pace is in the 36th place out of 41 shooters and although he may still improve his position, missing 15 targets out of the first 45 gives him few chance of improvement. Pace hit 18 in the first shoot, 20 in the second and 22 in the third. On Sunday, they will be shooting in the second series which consists of 50 targets. Leading the standings are Michael Diamond (Australia) with 72, Giovanni Pellielo (Italy), Ian Peel (Great Britain) and David Kostelecky (Czech Republic) with 70 targets each.  (MM)   [Sat 16/09/00 06:20:05 CET]

Spectacular start for Sydney Olympics

Stadium AustraliaThe first Olympiad of the new millennium, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, started off officially with the Opening Ceremony on Friday evening at 1900 hrs local time (1000 CET). It was definitely the most spectacular opening ceremony ever when compared to the ceremonies in Atlanta in 1996, Barcelona in 1992, Seoul in 1988 and in the other Olympic Games earlier.

As Oreste Aquilina, who was one of the singers at the Opening ceremony with the Philharmonia Choir had anticipated to MaltaMedia, the show was a really great one. Aquilina told MaltaMedia that huge crowds went to see athletes and personalities carry the Olympic torch. There were about one million people lining the streets all over Sydney, the Opera House and George Street. At the Town Hall one just couldn't get in the square in front of it. A lot of the streets were closed and people were having parties in the middle of the street as some of the streets were closed for traffic. The torch went up to the northern beaches of Sydney and back up the Opera House and Homebush Bay for the lighting of the Cauldron.

The Maltese contingent, led by flag bearer Laurie Pace and Chef-de Mission Pippo Psaila, was the 113th one to march on the track of Stadium Australia. The Maltese squad in Sydney is made up of the officials - Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco, Joe Cassar, Pippo Psaila, Bertie Muscat, Peter Tortell, Prof Angelo Psaila, Dr Kirill Micallef Stafrace and Charles Camenzuli, the athletes - Mario Aquilina, Mario Bonello, Angela Galea, Frans Pace, Laurie Pace, Sue Spiteri and John Tabone and coaches Donato Sabia, Attila Selmeci, Sergei Teliouk, Peter Croft and Peter Valentino. Following speeches by the president of the organising committee (SOCOG) and the president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Australian athlete Cathy Freeman, the first athlete of Aboriginal origins to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games had the honour of carrying the torch for the last part of the relay and lighting the Cauldron.  (MM)   [Fri 15/09/00 15:16:45 CET]

Olympic Games: First athletes to get in action on Saturday

Sydney 2000The first Maltese athletes to get in action are swimmer Angela Galea and shooter Frans Pace. Pace will be taking part in the first series of the Men's Trap Qualification which start at 10:00 local time (01:00 CET) at the Sydney International Shooting Centre. He has been included in the first group out of seven, together with Thomas Fichtner (Germany), Oguzhan Tuzun (Turkey), Francesco Amici (San Marino), Lance Bade (USA) and Paulo Silva (Angola). Angela Galea will be taking part in the first heat of the women's 100m Butterfly. She will be swimming in the first heat which will be held at the Aquatic Centre at 11:12 local time (02:12 CET) with just another two swimmers, Lisa de la Motte (Swaziland) and Tracy-Ann Route (Federated States of Micronesia). Although she qualified with a time of 1:20:00, her personal best is 1:07.77. There are seven heats in all with a total of 50 swimmers taking part.  (MM)   [Fri 15/09/00 23:58:45 CET]

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