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Schipper (AUS) wins 200 m butterfly Gold; Hayden (CAN) takes Gold in 50 m freestyle

Jessica Schipper of Australia today held off a strong challenge from Canada's Audrey Lacroix to defend her women's Commonwealth Games 200 m butterfly crown. The double world champion and Olympic bronze medallist was pushed all the way by the 26-year-old Canadian but touched home first in a time of 2:07.04, about a second outside her own Games record.
    
Ellen Gandy of England came through in the final lap to clinch bronze from Schipper's teammate Samantha Hamill. "That was a tough last 25m, but I knew I had already done the hard work and I was able to hold on," said Schipper. "I love racing, that's why I do all the training. To come away with a Gold at the Commonwealth Games is really great."

The win for 23-year-old Schipper makes up for the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 100 m butterfly in New Delhi. It also made her the third woman to win the women's 200 m butterfly twice at the Commonwealth Games. Australians Michelle Ford in 1978 and 1982 and Susie O'Neill in 1994 and 1998, were also victorious twice in this event. Schipper showed her form coming into the competition by winning the Pan Pacific gold in the 200m in August and was the
second fastest woman in the world this year. Melbourne-based Gandy, 19, is the British record holder and European bronze medallist. She won silver in this week's 100m butterfly.

Whereas on the men's front, Canada's Brent Hayden today made it a sprint gold double after winning the men's 50 m freestyle in a new Games record. The 26-year-old's time of 22.01 seconds was 0.02 of a second inside the previous best by Roland Schoeman of South Africa. Schoeman - who won the event at the last two Games -won Silver with teammate Gideon Louw in Bronze. Hayden this week won the 100m freestyle with the world's fastest time for 2010. He was the fastest of the finalists on time this year going into the shorter sprint and looking to go one better than the Silver he won in Melbourne four years ago. But he has been suffering from a stomach bug that has hit dozens of swimmers this week.

The win is Canada's third swimming Gold. Ryan Cochrane won the 400 m freestyle and is looking to double up in the men's 1,500 m freestyle final later today.
The 100 m win made Hayden only the fourth male swimmer from Canada to win a medal in three Games. There was no repeat of the semi-final of the event, which
saw Australia's Ashley Callus disqualified, leading to a blistering attack by Schoeman on spectators for not keeping quiet while the swimmers were on their blocks. Louw was the fastest qualifier and his Silver comes after he was fourth in the 100 m freestyle. Schoeman, 30, was second fastest behind Hayden on time this year going into the competition. His Silver is one better than his Bronze in the 50 m butterfly. - PTI