Cal's Anthony Ervin Wins 100 Free at World Championships.
July 27, 2001
FUKOUKA, JAPAN - Cal's Anthony Ervin was again spectacular at the 2001 World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, upsetting the Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands and Australia's Ian Thorpe Friday to win the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 48.33.
Ervin's time of 48.33 broke the American record of 48.42 set by Golden Bear legend Matt Biondi in 1988. It was the second standout performance by the Cal standout, a junior this coming school year, as he was the world champion in the 50-meter freestyle (22.09) on Monday.
Prior to competing the finals of the 100 free, Ervin had been quoted as saying that he 'had a pretty good idea who was going to win and it wasn't going to be me.' The media wanted to know if that was some reverse psychology at work.
'No, I was being totally honest when I said that,' said Ervin. 'I did not think I could beat (Pieter). I thought maybe I could contend for a medal, but I never thought I would go 48 low. My coaches (including Cal Co-Head Coach Mike Bottom), teammates and friends were always telling me that I could have a great 100, but I didn't believe them. I thought just the 50 was for me. Now I'm starting to believe I can compete in the 100 at the international level.'
In other Cal swimming news, former Bear swimmer Gordan Kozulj (1996-99) placed fifth in the 200-meter back and current Cal swimmer Natalie Coughlin will be the top seed in Saturday's final of the 100-meter back. Coughlin swam a time of 1:00.91 to win the semifinals. So far at the World Championships, she has placed third in the 50-meter back (won by former Cal swimmer Haley Cope) with a time of 28.54 and was fourth in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 26.70.