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Day six Pacific superfish hit pool
3:15 pm GMT+12, 15/08/2008, China
Day six was a day for nerves as some Pacific Olympic debutants hit the water, and the big race day for Papua New Guinea's Ryan Pini had arrived.

Radio Australia reports from Beijing that on dry land, the men's 100m sprint draw was also released, which had some Pacific island contenders gulping down deep breathes.

Ryan Pini, through to the semi finals of the Beijing Olympics 100m butterfly in a blistering heat seven, broke his personal best.

The winner set a new Olympic record, and Oceania and Asian records collapsed along the way.

Pini finished 0.86 of a second outside the heat's winner, Kenya's Jason Dunford, who set a new Olympic record of 51.14, with Australia's Andrew Lauterstein capturing the Oceania record and Japan's Takuro Fujii setting a new Asian record.

Pini said it was good to settle the nerves.

"A 52 double 0 is a personal best, I would have liked to go faster but, that is the way it is," he said.

"I feel really good in my racing, everyone is swimming so fast these days and you just have to keep up.  "I am definitely happy with that, it was as fast as I could go at the time."

American Samoa's Stewart Glenister has won his men's 50m freestyle heat at the Beijing Games in a time of 25.45 seconds.

Glenister, whose family comes from American Samoa but he lives and trains in the US, suffered a fractured femur in 2007 playing college football.

The injury ruled him out of the World Swim Championships in Australia, and also prevented him from swimming his favourite event the 200m butterfly at these games.

Glenister says he was happy with his time and the chance to swim at the Olympics.

"Ah 25, it was alright, yes it was a personal best and a national record."

Meanwhile, the Federated States of Micronesia's (FSM) Kerson Hadley swam a national record in heat six, lane six, touching in 25.34 for the 50m men's.

Hadley trains in a river in the FSM and moved to Guam a couple of months ago to swim at the public pool.  He was overjoyed at his achievement and said "this is for my country".

He is not the first frm the FSM to swim at the Olympics, but it is his first international competition.

Source: PACNEWS/RADAUS

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