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France's Alain Bernard clinches 100m freestyle gold

Latest update : 2008-08-18

As day six of the Games got under way, French swimmer Alain Bernard beat Australia's Eamon Sullivan in the men's 100m freestyle final at the Beijing Olympics. Brazil's Cesar Cielo Filho and Jason Lezak from the US were joint third.

BEIJING, Aug 14 (Reuters) - France's Alain Bernard won the
men's 100 metres freestyle at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday.


Bernard stormed home on the final lap after being second at
the turn to win in 47.21 seconds, just 0.12 ahead of
Australia's world record holder Eamon Sullivan.


American Jason Lezak and Brazil's Cesar Cielo Filho
dead-heated for the bronze medal in 47.67.


Bernard, who won a silver medal in the 4x100 freestyle
relay on Sunday, set a world record of 47.20 in Wednesday's
semi-finals before Sullivan lowered it to 47.05 a few minutes
later.

Date created : 2008-08-14