Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Dusing wins silver for swim relay

Australians set world record in 800 free relay

The Cincinnati Enquirer and Associated Press

        SYDNEY, Australia — Nate Dusing will bring home a silver medal after his U.S. teammates finished second behind Australia's world-record beaters in the men's 800-meter freestyle relay Tuesday.

        The Covington Catholic graduate swam in the morning prelims but did not make the four-man team for the finals. Dusing's split time in the heat was third best among the four. Coaches picked two from that race for the finals.

        "I don't think I was as fast as I wanted to be,” he said.

        Sent off by rousing cheers of “Thorpey! Thorpey!,” Ian Thorpe gave the Aussies a huge lead on the way to a time of 7 minutes, 7.05 seconds — lowering Australia's world mark of 7:08.79 set in August 1999.

        Swimming in what was likely his final race of these Olympics, Thorpe earned his third gold medal to go with a silver.

        The U.S. team, comprised of Scott Goldblatt, Josh Davis, Jamie Rauch and Klete Keller, finihsed nerarly four seconds behind the Aussies in 7:12.64.

        The Netherlands earned bronze in 7:12.70.

        Australia's record was the 11th world mark set or tied in four days at the Olympic pool.

        Thorpe gave the Aussies a two-body-length lead over the Americans after 200 meters. He failed, however, to break the world record in the 200 free set by Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband on Monday night.

        Thorpe, 17, missed by nearly seven-tenths of a second.

        The United States endured another defeat in a relay event usually dominated by Americans at the Olympics. They had won the 800 freestyle relay in 10 of the last 12 games, including 1996 in Atlanta.

        The Dutch, anchored by Van den Hoogenband, won their first Olympic medal ever in the event.

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