Elizabeth Beisel sets the pace in women’s 400 meter individual medley

Elizabeth Beisel set the pace in the the women’s 400 meter individual medley. She recorded a time faster than world record holder Katie Hoff in last night’s heats.

“That wasn’t bad, but it was only a heat, so hopefully I can get another good one in the final,” said 15-year-old Beisel, from Rhode Island.

“I wasn’t nervous, that is how I am normally for the heats, but I am sure I will be a little jittery in the morning.”

Katie Hoff said she was feeling the pressure

“It was one of my best prelim swims, things were playing on my mind a little bit, you can’t come here and not feel the pressure.”

“There were a few nerves again today, but they weren’t too bad.”

The final is on today at 10:39 A.M. Beijing Time.

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She said: “It was one of my best prelim swims, things were playing on my mind a little bit, you can’t come here and not feel the pressure.

“There were a few nerves again today, but they weren’t too bad.”

And Australian Stephanie Rice, the 200m medley world record-holder, finished joint third as she swam the same time of 4 mins 35.11 secs as Italy’s Alessia Filippi.

“I was very nervous and excited all at the same time, it was good just to get rid of all those butterflies and get out there,” said Rice, who had grabbed the world 400m medley world mark from Hoff in March before the American regained it in June.

“I am looking forward to the challenge in the final.”

Reigning Olympic 200m backstroke champion Kirsty Coventry will have to swim in the outside lanes having finished seventh fastest.

“Luckily for me, I’m experienced in the outside lanes,” said Zimbabwe’s Coventry.

“Nobody expects too much of you out there, but I am going to bring some fire from the outside.”

And Britain’s Hannah Miley, from Scotland, celebrated her 19th birthday on Friday by reaching the final on her Olympic debut.

“It was good, I was hoping to go close to my best time, but the fact I am into the final is absolutely wonderful,” said the Scot.

My first Olympics, first Olympic final and I just know I have to go up a gear now.

Posted by Mike 10 years ago

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