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Olympics: Ex-Cal star Adrian wins 100m free; Vollmer helps women’s relay to gold

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 1:16 pm in Alumni, Olympics.

Former Cal star Nathan Adrian upset Australian James “The Missile” Magnussen to win gold in the 100-meter freestyle at the London Olympics.

Meanwhile, Dana Vollmer added another gold medal to the one she has in the 100 fly, helping the U.S. women’s 4×200 free to victory in an Olympic record time of 7:42.92.

Adrian clocked 47.52 seconds to win by 0.01 ahead of Magnussen, the reigning world champion.

Adrian said he wasn’t immediately sure he’d won.

“I had no idea, to be honest,” said Adrian, whose winning time was 47.52 seconds. “I’m a guy that has a lot of speed and I can go out fast and I die a little more than he does. It’s a little nerve-racking the second 50. I just had to really focus on it and stay strong.”

Magnussen touched in 47.53 to take the silver medal, and Brent Hayden of Canada finished in 47.80 for bronze.

“I just felt pretty much bullet-proof coming into this Olympics,” Magnussen said. “It is very humbling.”

U.S. star Ryan Lochte cheered the moment. “We were in the ready room and we watched it and just went nuts,” Lochte said. “We were screaming and everything. That was one of the greatest finishes. We’re so happy for him.”

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  • eric

    I read somewhere once that if Cal was its own Olympic participant, it would be in the top 15 of countries that have won medals. Anyone know of such statistics?

  • discdude

    Google is your friend:

    https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23IfCalWereACountry?q=%23IfCalWereACountry

    It’s even higher than that now and I’m sure Sandy will let us know.

  • eric

    Discodue – thanks. I was asking about all Olympics since 1896 (I should have been more clear).