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Thursday, September 21
Americans tie for bronze in 100 free

SYDNEY, Australia -- Inge de Bruijn won the 100-meter freestyle Thursday, her second gold medal of the Olympics, denying American Jenny Thompson a victory in her final chance for an individual gold.

Jenny Thompson
Inge de Bruijn, left, might have won Thursday, but Jenny Thompson is still the most decorated U.S. women's swimmer.

De Bruijn, of the Netherlands, won in 53.83 seconds; she won the 100 butterfly last Sunday.

Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the silver in 54.33. Thompson and teammate Dara Torres tied for bronze in 54.43 seconds.

"I've never had a bronze before," Thompson said.

Thompson's medal made her the most decorated woman swimmer in history with nine career medals. Dawn Fraser of Australia, Kornelia Ender of Germany and American Shirley Babashoff are tied with eight.

The 27-year-old Thompson also broke a tie with Babashoff for most Olympic medals by an American woman.

Thompson's failure to win a gold by herself was reminiscent of the 1996 Olympics, where she surprisingly didn't qualify for an individual event. She won three golds on relays, but postponed retirement to chase an individual gold.

Her only individual Olympic medal had been silver in the 100 freestyle in 1992.

"The individual gold medal wasn't in the cards, I guess," Thompson said. "I'm just completely satisfied with how I did. I know I did the best I could."

Torres, a 33-year-old swimming in her fourth Olympics after a seven-year layoff, claimed her second bronze. She was third to De Bruijn in the 100 butterfly Sunday.

Thompson, of Dover, N.H., and Torres, of Beverly Hills, Calif., teamed to earn gold in the 400 freestyle relay Sunday. Thompson's seventh career gold came Wednesday when she anchored the 800 freestyle relay.


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