Tara Kirk Wins Gold In 50 Breaststroke At World University Games

Aug. 27, 2001

Beijing, China - Stanford's Tara Kirk captured the gold medal in the women's 50 meter breaststroke on Monday at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China. Kirk recorded a time of 32.12 in the finals to lower her own Universiade record she had set during the semifinals.

'I was very happy to medal tonight ...,' said Kirk. 'When I saw it was gold ... it made it that much better.'

Kirk had clocked a 32.33 in her heat and then came back with a 32.30 in the semifinals to earn the top qualifier spot in the event.

Kirk also finished fourth in the 100 meter breaststroke on Saturday with a time of 1:10.83.

For complete results and a full story of the swimming events at the World University Games, go to www.usaswimming.org.

Click here to read Kirk's journal entry on the USA Swimming website.

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