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DAY SEVEN IN THE POOL AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SHANGHAI
Men’s 100m Butterfly
Speedo superstar Michael Phelps won his sixth medal of the week -- and third gold -- in the men's 100m Butterfly with a time of 50.71 on Saturday in Shanghai. His US teammate Tyler McGill won bronze with a time of 51.15.
Tyler said, “I feel definitely faster, the course is an experience. There’s somebody like him (Phelps) next to me. It always helps me, he’s a great athlete. I feel really good on the position on the medal.” Michael said, “I’m not in the right shape physically. I want to be faster. It’s a tough race. Sometimes I need to judge what I can do better. I need definitely to push in the first 50 meters. I will work on my next game. I will watch some races and think about that, how I can be faster.”
Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay
Team Speedo stars Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer helped lead the USA to gold in the women’s 4x100 medley relay. The US women touched first in a new American record time of 3:52.36 for their first international gold medal in this event since 2000.
Coughlin got the team out to a lead in the backstroke leg, and then Rebecca Soni and Vollmer put some distance between the U.S. and the rest of the field in the breast and fly legs. From there, it was up to Melissa Franklin to bring them home. The Americans beat the next-closest team, China (3:55.61), by more than three seconds. Australia was third in 3:57.13. It marked the first time since 1998 that the U.S. has won this relay at a World Championships.
Team Speedo Australia settled for bronze with a time of 3:57.13.
Women’s 800m Freestyle
Speedo sponsored Rebecca Adlington (GBR) secured gold in the 800m Freestyle with a time of 8:17.51 while Team Speedo USA star Kate Ziegler took bronze in 8:23.36 for her second distance medal of the meet. On swimming in China, Adlington said, “China’s obviously a good luck charm for me. It’s the first gold medal I’ve got at a world champs. Last time I got two bronze medals so I definitely can’t argue.”
Women’s 50m Butterfly
Inge Dekker of Team Speedo Netherlands took the gold in the 50m Butterfly with a time of 25.71 while Speedo sponsored Melanie Henique (FRA) took bronze with a time of 25.86.
Inge said: “I’m very happy, I’m happy I did a really good race in the final. It’s always tight in the 50m and that was my first individual gold medal and that’s all I ever wanted for this competition.” On 2012 Inge said: “I’m really excited. The last couple of years have gone by so, so quick and it’s only one more year and it’s going to be exciting. Of course we want to defend our title in the relay so yeah, we’re gonna have a year of hard practice and then see what’s going to happen.”
Melanie Henique said: “I can’t believe that I won the bronze medal. It’s a beautiful night, I’m so grateful to my coach and family.”
Men’s 50m Freestyle
Speedo sponsored Luca Dotto (ITA) took silver in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 21.52. On his performance Luca said: “What can I say, it is incredible really because before the race I didn’t think about the medal because I knew that it will be very difficult. I started the 50 very easy and very determined and this medal is surprising me because only two years ago I watched this race at home and it is incredible because it is also my first world championships. This medal is like a dream for me.”
Women’s 200m Backstroke
Melissa Franklin of Team USA took gold in the 100m Backstroke with a time of 2:05.10. Belinda Hocking of Australia took silver with a time of 2:06.06 while Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands took bronze with 2:07.78. Melissa said: “I’m just so, so, so happy. I just went all out and had fun. It was my last individual race, this time is great. I can’t get this opportunity again. It’s just the most exciting race ever.”
The 14th FINA World Championships conclude Sunday with prelims and finals of the men’s 400m IM, the women’s 400m IM and the men’s 4x100m medley relay. Finals of the women’s 50m back, the women’s 50m free, the men’s 50m back and the men’s 1500m freestyle will also be contested.