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Fast facts: swimming

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 22, 2000


The U.S. team had a big night, winning eight medals Thursday, two in each of four finals. The highlights:

LENNY KRAYZELBURG: The American, who emigrated from Ukraine 11 years ago, won his second gold, swimming an Olympic record 1 minute, 56.76 seconds in the 200-meter backstroke, slightly less than a second off his world record. He raised his arms in triumph, congratulated bronze medalist Matthew Welsh of Australia in the next lane, then embraced American silver medalist Aaron Peirsol, his 17-year-old heir apparent. He whispered a message in Peirsol's ear: "Keep it up."

INGE DE BRUIJN: The Dutch competitor won the 100 freestyle in 53.83 seconds, missing her world record of 53.77. She won the 100 butterfly Sunday. De Bruijn denied American Jenny Thompson in her last chance for an individual victory. Thompson and teammate Dara Torres, a former University of Florida swimmer, tied for the bronze. De Bruijn, 27, was asked about rumors that her 12 world records since May were achieved with the aid of drugs. "It comes down to jealousy if people still think that," she said.

ALSO NOTABLE: Agnes Kovacs of Hungary won the 200 breaststroke. Massimiliano Rosolino of Italy won the 200 individual medley in an Olympic record 1:58.98, and Americans Tom Dolan and Tom Wilkens were second and third. ... The Americans have 25 medals -- including a leading nine golds -- with two days remaining in the eight-day meet. The host Aussies have 12 medals, four of them gold. The United States is one medal and four golds from tying its 26-medal haul four years ago in Atlanta. ... American Gary Hall Jr. qualified fastest in the 50 freestyle semifinal, finishing in 22.07, ahead of Pieter van den Hoogenband, the Dutch star who has won two golds in this meet. Not making the final was former Florida State swimmer Brendon Dedekind of South Africa. ... Italy has three golds, one silver and two bronze, and could equal its all-time medal tally when Emiliano Brembilla competes in the 1,500 freestyle Saturday. Coach Alberto Castagnetti credits the success to training "on a program for two consecutive years, which we haven't done previously."

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