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Brazil's Cielo takes gold in 50m freestyle final

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-02

Brazil’s Cesar Cielo has won his second gold medal of the World Championships, this time in the 50-metre freestyle final. France's world record holder, Frederick Bousquet, came second, with his compatriot Amaury Leveaux third.

AFP - Brazilian Cesar Cielo won the men's 50m freestyle world title in 21.08sec here on Saturday, completing a World Championships freestyle sprint double.

Cielo, who won the 100m free title on Thursday to give Brazil its first swimming world title, wasted no time in adding another as France's world record-holder Frederick Bousquet was relegated to second in 21.21sec.

He had beaten another French favourite, Olympic gold medallist Alain Bernard, in the 100m free.

The reigning Olympic 50m free champion, Cielo became the third man in history to complete the 50-100m free double at the World Championships, after Russian Alexander Popov in 1994 and American Anthony Ervin in 2001.

France's Amaury Leveaux - whose father died on Tuesday - was third in 21.25.

Date created : 2009-08-01

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