Monday, September 18|
U.S. teenager wins 100 breaststroke
SYDNEY, Australia -- Megan Quann did what she promised.
Quann backed up her
prediction of victory over defending champion Penny Heyns of South
Africa in the 100 breaststroke.
The 16-year-old from Puyallup, Wash., won in 1 minute, 7.05
seconds, but she was well off her intended target -- Heyns' world
record of 1:06.52.
It was the fifth gold for the Americans in the pool in three
Despite the win, Quann said she wasn't satisfied.
"I'd like to come out here, do it again and break the world
record," she said.
Australian Leisel Jones won silver in 1:07.49. Heyns, who was
first off the blocks and led until Quann passed her in the final 25
meters, took the bronze in 1:07.55.
"She has a lot of talent," Heyns said. "I really respect the
way she's carried her successes. Unfortunately, you don't always
say that about your competitors."
Diana Mocanu became the first Romanian swimmer to win a gold
medal, taking the 100 backstroke in an Olympic record 1:00.21.
Mocanu, who was third at 50 meters, won Romania's first swimming
medal since 1988. She broke the old mark of 1:00.68 set by
Krisztina Egerszegi of Hungary at the 1992 Olympics.
Mai Nakamura earned silver in 1:00.55, giving Japan its first
backstroke medal since 1960. Nina Zhivanevskaya of Spain took
bronze in 1:00.89. B.J. Bedford of Etna, N.H., was sixth in 1:01.47
after being second at 50 meters.
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