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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 days.

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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