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Aussies lap up gold in AYOF swim finals
17:27 AEST Sun Jan 18 2009

Australia lapped up the gold medals in all but two events during the final day of swimming at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF).

NSW's Bronte Campbell - the younger sister of Beijing medallist Cate - beat held off Canada's Chanta Van Landeghem in a tense 50m freestyle final.

The 14-year-old clocked 26.19 seconds, just two seconds shy of her older sister's AYOF record.

"It would have been a big job for me (to beat the record) so, of course, I was dreaming about it but I wasn't really expecting to," she said.

"I kind of swum into a hole at the beginning of the meet and just starting to come out of that, which is great."

Sydney schoolboy Kenneth To snatched gold in the men's 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley, the medley swimming ending a body length clear of team mate Daniel Tranter.

To, who in mid January smashed Ian Thorpe's long standing 200m individual medley record at the NSW championships, said the atmosphere of the competition had him pumped.

"I'm pretty excited still of the competition," he said.

"I really concentrated on it coming into the meet. It's one of my best events, concentrating on my stroke."

Sydney's Kelly Marquenie beat her personal best by 8secs in the women's 800m freestyle, clocking 8:49.17, to beat team-mate Jessica Ashwood.

Australians swept the men's 50m freestyle, Luke Kerswell winning from James Roberts and James Sweeney, with the same result in women's 200m individual medley featuring Jessica Legge, Katie Goldman and Anastasia Osadchuk.

Australia's men and women took gold in their 400m medley relay event, but the host country failed to medal in the women's 200m breaststroke.

Canada's Chad Bobroskey won the men's 1500m freestyle, with Australia's Sam Sheppard claiming bronze behind China's Yunqi Li.