There were a couple more exciting swimming races at the 2012 Summer Olympics Wednesday (Aug. 1), though they were exciting for very different reasons.
In the men’s 100m Freestyle, Nathan Adrian out-touched James Magnussen of Australian (nicknamed “The Missile”) by one one-hundredth of a second to win the gold. It is Adrian’s first gold medal and second Olympic medal overall (he won the silver in the 4×100 Free relay earlier this week).
Adrian’s time of 47.52 was his personal best in the 100m Free. He is also the first United States swimmer to win this event since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. Australia has yet to win an individual swimming gold medal in London.
The Aussies would take another defeat at the hands of the U.S. swimmers later in the afternoon, though by a much wider margin. In the women’s 4×200 Free relay, Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer and Shannon Vreeland gave anchor Allison Schmitt a healthy lead going into the final leg. Schmitt’s 1:54.09 was the fastest leg of a new American Record and a new Olympic Record in the event. It was also only .84 second off the World Record pace.