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September 21, 2000
Krayzelburg, de Bruijn grab more gold
Treble world record-holder Lenny Krayzelburg completed his Olympic backstroke double Thursday winning the 200m back in an Olympic record of 1min 56.76.
Inge de Bruijn also doubled her gold medal haul with a victory in the women's 100m freestyle, but the Dutch swimmer couldn't match the world record of 53.77 sec she set in the semi-finals.
De Bruijn added the freestyle gold to her world record-setting 100m butterfly triumph. She defeated Sweden's Therese Alshammar, while Americans Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres finished tied for third to share the bronze.
Thompson earned her ninth Olympic swimming medal, surpassing Dawn Fraser, Kornelia Ender and Shirley Babashoff on the all-time list.
Seven of Thompson's medals are gold, but all of those have come in relays, and tonight's race was widely seen as the 27-year-old American's last chance at that elusive individual gold.
Krayzelburg, holder of world records at 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke had to content himself with lowering the 200m back Olympic record for the third straight race.
Krayzelburg, a week shy of his 25th birthday, led a US one-two, with 17-year-old compatriot Aaron Peirsol taking silver in 1:57.35. Australia's Matt Welsh was third in 1:57.59.
Massimiliano Rosolino of Italy completed his Olympic medal collection, adding the 200m medley gold to the 400m free silver and 200m free bronze he had already won.
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