UPDATE: If you missed the 400 free relay, you can watch it
here. It’s pretty amazing!
UPDATE: A true champion always delivers in the cluch and Nathan
is doing it time and time again. USA finished at 3:09.21 (a course
record), better than Russia’s 3:09.52. Nathan had the fastest split
of the four, going an astonishing 46.79. His best in the 100 free
was 48-flat. He is obviously ready for this meet! By the way,
France finished a disappointing third, 3:09.89.
Nathan was interviewed following the race, here’s what was
Andrea Kramer (NBC): All right, they’re calling Nathan Adrian
Little Lezak. (Phelps laughing) You like that?
Phelps: That’s funny! That’s good! Nathan had a great swim he
had to have 46.8 and its promising for our relay for the fuure. You
know we finished the day off on a good note. So, we’re happy.
Kramer: What make you pull through like that Nathan?
Adrian: (laughing) I had to stay within myself and swim my own
race as opposed to on, you know, try and focus on anybody else. I
was able to do that and, um, you know the last 10 meters I
just tried to put my head down and finish the race.
Adrian now has to be considered a strong contender to make the
podium in the 100 free, which can be seen on Universal Sports
(check local listings for channel) and Universalsports.com, at 9
UPDATE: Phelps has the leadoff, and it’s a tight first 50,
Brazil is at 22.5, but Lochte is in the water and he looks good.
Phelps got them third. Lochte, swimming it for the first time,
still third. Matt Grevers has the third leg, now second! And now
Adrian into the pool! Nathan is in lane 6 and looks great! Here he
somes! Oh my! He did it!
USA wins! Nathan is a world champion! They beat France again! He
was so strong! Amazing finish yet again and Phelps was yelling at
him, ‘Finish it finish it!’ France actually finished third, with
Russia coming in second. Wow!
Rowdy Gaines has dubbed Nathan, ‘Jason Lezak Jr,’ in reference
to Lezak’s amazing finish in Beijing.
UPDATE: Finally got a glimpse of Nathan Adrian. Phelps and Ryan
Lochte are next to France.
UPDATE: We’re moments away from the start of the 400 relay and
NBC is absolutely playing this up as the bout of the century. A
little overkill, maybe??
The first day of the world swimming championships are finally
It’s Sunday evening in Rome at Foro d’Italico, the swim stadium,
and the highlight of the day is the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay.
Everyone’s expecting a showdown of the French and U.S. teams, but
Brazil made an early statement in the prelims.
Brazil set a meet record in 3:11.26 and is the top seed. The
French are second (3:12.72) and Great Britain third (3:11.62).
The U.S. team of Garrett Weber-Gale, Matt Grevers, Ricky Berens
and Cullen Jones qualified fourth for the finals in 3:11.64.
Nathan Adrian and Michael Phelps will swim the relay finals
along with two others from the morning.
This post will be updated, so keep checking back.
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