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Get the top n, middle n and last n records from syabse and oracle DB

Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I don't mind if the queries are different for oracle and sybase. The value of n will always be less than 1/3rd of the rowcount (n<1/3rowcount) of the table.
I have considered the following
select top 100 * from table1 order by col1 desc
but it will not return records in the order they were inserted into the DB.
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