Swimming Parry hot in the heats

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Stephen Parry again had the edge over his rival James Hickman in the heats of the 200m butterfly at the National Swimming championships at Crystal Palace yesterday. Parry won the 100 metres in the pair's first meeting on the opening day. Yesterday morning he was the fastest qualifier, recording a time of 2min 01.03sec. Hickman was second best with the Welsh record holder Mike Watkins third. Caroline Foot, the oldest competitor at the championships, showed her younger rivals the way home in the 100m butterfly heats. The York swimmer covered the two lengths in 1min 03.41sec to finish 0.78sec ahead of Germany's Marietta Uhle who at 17 is 15 years her junior. The British record holder, Martin Harris, cruised into the final of the 50m backstroke in pole position. His time of 26.94sec was 0.93sec slower than the record he established three years ago.

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