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Beijing champion Leisel Jones qualifies for 4th Olympics with 2nd place in 100 breaststroke

Beijing gold medalist Leisel Jones became the first Australian swimmer to qualify for four Olympics when she finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke final Saturday night on a program expected to be dominated by Ian Thorpe's bid for a spot in London.In the race immediately after the 200-meter freestyle final that Thorpe stunningly failed to reach, Jones made the Olympic squad again despite surrendering her national title to training partner Leiston Pickett.Jones had won 11 of the previous 12 Australian titles in the 100 breaststroke but was hampered by a virus and never led Pickett, who won in 1 minutes, 6.88 seconds and will be going to her first Olympics.Jones was next in 1:07.64, well behind her personal best of 1:05.09 — a time she'll need to swim to compete with world champion Rebecca Soni of the United States."Mission accomplished. Leiston is champion, well done. Love you, girl. I'm so excited to bring you along," Jones said. "I'm so excited. I did put a lot of pressure on m...

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