19-year-old Andrew Bree swam in heat 4 of the Mens 200m Breaststroke in Sydney this morning. And the county Down man again did well setting a personal best time of 2:18.14 while finishing fifth of eight. While the result does not qualify him for the semi-finals he can at least take consolation in that he achieved two personal bests at the Olympic Games. Earlier in the week Bree set a PB of 1:04.58 for the 100m Breaststroke but also failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
Bree started strongly this morning and was in a prominent position in lane 8 throughout, just fading in the final 50m. He should at some stage be in a positiion to challenge Gary O'Toole's Irish 220m Breaststoke record of 2:15:73. As recently as July Bree was crowned Scottish National Champion over the two distances and looks to have a successful future swimming for Ireland.
Afterwards Bree remained upbeat. "Watch this space I'll be back in 2004," he said. He added that he was confident he would break O'Toole's record in the future. "I'm going to get better and I'm really looking forward to beating Gary O'Toole's record."
Filed by Seán Folan