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Australian meet to trial morning finals ahead of Beijing Games

Australian meet to trial morning finals ahead of Beijing Games

Libby Lenton, who won five golds in six races at the world championships in Melbourne in March, will be among several high-profile Australian swimmers to test for the first time the morning finals format that will be featured at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Lenton, Leisel Jones, who won the 100 and 200 breaststroke titles at Melbourne, and Jessica Schipper, second in the 100 butterfly to Lenton at the world titles, are entered in a Grand Prix meet beginning Friday at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.
The three-day program will have 6 p.m. Friday qualifying ahead of 10 a.m. finals Saturday, followed by the same program Saturday evening and Sunday morning _ the first time the format has been used in Australia.
The times will simulate a similar program for the Olympics next year. The usual schedule of morning qualifying and night finals was changed due to a broadcasting request from American network NBC, which wants to televise the gold medal races in prime viewing time to the United States.
"The morning finals should be interesting and good practice that will give us a chance to a go at it and test the waters," Jones said.
All but seven of Australia's 42-member world championship team will swim at Brisbane.
Australian Swimming spokesman Ian Hanson said Monday that although Australia's Olympic trials next year will be held in the traditional morning qualifying/night finals format, several other Grand Prix meets over the next 10 to 12 months will feature the Beijing program.


Updated : 2021-10-25 23:15 GMT+08:00