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creditable sixth for cook

Chris Cook was the only British swimmer participating in finals on the second evening of competition, and finished a creditable 6th in the final of the 100m breaststroke. Swimming in Lane 2, the Newcastle swimmer clocked 1:00.99, shy of his personal best from the semis but still under his pre-Montreal best, and was unable to get himself into the medal race happening in the centre of the pool.

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montreal2005

outside lane, out of mind

The outside smoker, a speedy swimmer in lane one or eight who takes a field by surprise to win the gold, is hardly a new phenomenon but it has been one that has appeared with unusual regularity in Montreal in these World Championships. So is there something peculiar about the pool, are swimmers getting more practiced at dealing with the qualification process or are there more rational explanations?

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