Michael Phelps of the U.S. right, shakes
hands with team mate Nathan Adrian bottom right after they won the
men’s 4 x 100m medley final at the Pan Pacific swimming
championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian made the medal podium in each of the
events he swam this week at the Pan Pacific Championships at Gold
Adrian started out with a silver medal in the 100-meter
freestyle on the first day, and ended the meet with a gold medal
anchoring the 400 medley relay to a Pan Pacs record of 3 minutes,
29.94 seconds. In between he earned a silver in the 400 free relay
and a bronze in the 50 free, also on Sunday.
Bruno Fratus won the sprint race in 21.44 seconds with Anthony
Ervin second in 21.73 and Adrian third in 21.80.
As for the medley relay, Adrian’s swim was almost anticlimactic
after the lead he received from Michael Phelps in the butterfly
leg. Adrian’s split time in the 100 was 47.60, proving once again
how much he likes to race in the relay. It’s one of his best
non-start splits and makes them the favorites heading into Rio
2016. The relay included Matt Grevers in the backstroke and Kevin
Cordes in the breaststroke.
Adrian said in a post-race TV interview said it’s always nice to
get the lead from Phelps.
“It’s always nice to know that Michael, the fastest 100
butterflyer is going in,” Adrian said. “He always gets the lead for
me so I get a little bit of clean water and just try and figure it
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