Adrian wins gold in 100 freeAugust 1st, 2012 by Annette Griffus
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian, possibly overlooked by some in the conversation for best sprinter in the world, isn’t overlooked anymore.
Adrian, a 2006 Bremerton High and 2012 California grad, won the gold medal in a lifetime best 47.52 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle Wednesday afternoon at the Olympic Aquatic Center in London.
Adrian out-touched world champion James Magnussen of Australia at the wall by .001 seconds. Magnusson, known as the Missile and the pre-race favorite, finished in 47.53.
It’s the first individual Olympic gold for the 23-year-old in a loaded final that included the best sprinters in the world. It’s the first gold medal for the U.S. since Matt Biondi won in 1988.