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Daily Archives: October 26, 2008

Swimming: Australia’s Jaukovic breaks butterfly shortcourse world record

Adopted Australian Matt Jaukovic broke the 50-metres butterfly short course world record on the opening night of the Sydney leg of the World Cup yesterday.
The former Montenegro swimmer, competing in his first meet for Australia, clocked 22.50 seconds to lower the previous record of Brazilian Kaio Almeida by 0.1 seconds.
The 22-year-old law student picked up 11,500 US dollars in prizemoney for his performance in the final swim of the night.
"It is going to be different now because before I was an underdog and now people are going to be after me," Jaukovic said.
"That is a different perspective but I think I can handle it."
Jaukovic moved to Australia three and a half years ago to study at Sydney University and improve his swimming.
His parents still live in Montenegro but are hoping to catch up with him at the Moscow round of the World Cup.
Jaukovic said he had been closing in on the world mark and was delighted to have done it in Sydney.
"I think this was my fifth go at it, including the nationals and I am quite happy to have got it at home," he said.
Beijing Olympic 1500m freestyle gold medallist Oussama Mellouli won three finals on the opening night.
The Tunisian took the 400m freestyle in three minutes 40.49 seconds, and the 100m and 400m medley in 53.84secs and 4:06.47 respectively.
Nick D'Arcy, who was kicked off Australia's team for the Beijing Games to answer still pending serious assault charges following a late-night bar incident, returned to the pool to share the 200m butterfly title.
D'Arcy went out hard and just held on as fast-finishing compatriot Chris Wright dead-heated with him in 1:53.37.

Olympics: 2012 will be ‘economic gold’ for Britain

The 2012 London Olympics will help boost the British economy as it battles through current global economic chaos, the minister in charge of the games said in an interview yesterday.
Tessa Jowell said the games were "economic gold at a time of economic need", adding they had unexpectedly become "an economic stabilisation programme".
"It's six billion pounds (7.5 billion euros, 9.5 billion dollars) of investment in 75,000 contracts to firms all over Britain," she told The Times newspaper.
"There will be new jobs, new homes. Nobody intended it to have this function, but this is the effect."
She also accepted that private sector backing for the games had been hit by the economic situation.
"There is certainly less private sector equity borrowing available both for the Olympic village and the media centre," she said. "We have to make sure that the construction continues."
Jowell also vowed that there would be no overall cuts despite the current economic condition, adding: "No one is going to want to get to 2012 and think 'this is really tatty'. We have taken a decision to do the best games we can."
Both Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King said this week it was likely that Britain would enter recession.
Official data released Friday said the economy contracted by 0.5 percent in the three months to September for the first time since 1992. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction.
The overall budget for the London games is 9.3 billion pounds, up from 3.4 billion pounds when it won the bid in 2005.