Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stephanie Rice books place at Delhi Games

Stephanie Rice booked a place at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi when she won the 200m individual medley at the Australian selection trials here on Tuesday.

Rice swam a time of 2:10.07 to edge out fellow Queenslanders Emily Seebohm (2:10.75) and Alica Coutts (2:11.97).

With the first two placegetters in each final being guaranteed selection for the October Commonwealth Games, Rice is assured of a spot on the Delhi team.

The triple Olympic gold medallist has previously spoken of her unease at going to Delhi following threats of terrorism aimed at athletes but she made no mention of her concerns immediately after the race.

She was joined on the team by Nick DArcy, who cruised to an easy win in the men's 200m butterfly in a time of 1:54.61, well ahead of second placed Chris Wright (1:56.23).

DArcy has not been on an Australian team since 2007 due to a conviction for assault following the 2008 Beijing Olympics selection trials.

Other winners on the opening night included Blair Evans in the women's 200m freestyle in a time of 1:57.38 and Robert Hurley in the men's 400m freestyle in 3:47.67.

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