Youngster Wins Olympic Selection as Riley Fails

Published May 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Emerging 14-year-old Leisel Jones won the 100m breast-stroke final at Australia's Olympic swimming trials in Sydney on Monday to become the youngest Australian on an Olympic swimming team since Michelle Ford and Tracey Wickham. 

Jones beat training partner Tarnee White to win the final in 1 minute 08.71 seconds and make the team for the Sydney Olympics in September. 

Ford and Wickham competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics as 13-year-olds. 

But as one star rose, another stalled, with former world-record holder and dual Olympic bronze medallist Samantha Riley missing out on a place on what was to be her third Olympics. 

The 27-year-old, who spent five days in hospital with a kidney infection recently, could only manage seventh in 1:11.06 - more than three seconds off her best. 

Riley, who won bronze in the event at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, will have to rely on a top two placing in Thursday's 200m breaststroke final to make the Sydney Games -(AFP) 

 

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