Olympic Journey - 2008
Nathan Adrian out-touched Italy's Filippo Magnini to win gold in Manchester
Bremerton's Nathan Adrian started the FINA World Swimming short course championships last week by helping the United States to a gold medal and world record in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
He ended the five-day meet at the MEN Arena pool with a gold of his very own on Sunday.
Adrian, who won two state high school swimming championships just two years ago for the Bremerton Knights, beat two-time world champion Filippo Magnini of Italy in the 100-meter freestyle in 46.67 seconds and set a championship record.
Magnini earned the silver in 46.70, while Croatia's Duje Draganja won the bronze in 46.83. Lars Forelander of Sweden held the previous course record in 46.75 set in Athens, Greece, in 2000.
The gold is Adrian's first in a 25-meter event as the 19-year-old hopes to vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team at the Team Trials in July.
Swimming in lane one, in the eight lane pool, Adrian had the second-fastest 50-meter split time of 22.10, behind only top-seed Draganja, Adrian's training camp teammate at The Race Club in Islamorada, Fla., in 21.75. Magnini however, came on strong in the second 50, but Adrian out-touched the Italian champion at the wall in a race that was neck and neck. Magnini had hoped to use a new Arena suit that is supposed to compete with the new Speedo LZR Racer, worn by Adrian, but the suit could not be approved in time by swimming governing body FINA.
Later in the meet, Adrian and his U.S. teammates including Randall Bal, Mark Gangloff and Ryan Lochte, finished the 400 medley relay under world record time but were beaten by Russia, who finished in 3 minutes, 24.29 seconds. The U.S. finished in 3:24.38. New Zealand earned the bronze in 3:27.15.
Kitsap Sun Staff and Associated Press, Kitsap Sun, April 13, 2008.
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