Mellouli, Hartley Wins Silvers At World Championships
March 26, 2007
Former Trojan NCAA title winner Ous Mellouli won his sixth career World Championships medal (long and short course) when he finished second in the 400 free (lcm) on Sunday (March 25) while fellow ex-Trojan Blythe Hartley won a silver on the 1-meter springboard on Friday (March 23) in Melbourne, Australia, at the 12th Fina World Championships.
Mellouli, who was third in the 400 free in 2005 and ninth in 2003, finished second on Sunday in 3:45.12, behind only Korea's Tae Hwan Park (3:44.30). Mellouli, competing for Tunisia, actually led the race with 50 meters to go while Park was in fourth, but the Korean edged the rest of the field down the stretch.
Still, Mellouli's effort was among the highlights of the work by a handful of Trojans who are competing at the World Championships.
Hartley, competing for Canada, finished second on 1-meter with a 311.20, behind only China's Zi He (316.65). It was her fourth World Championships medal. She was also eighth on 3-meter (301.35) and competed in the 3-meter synchro as well.
Former Trojan Klete Keller was 10th in the 400 free and 18th in the 200 free, sophomore Ankur Poseria (India) was 56th in the 50 fly (25.13) while former Trojan Rodrigo Castro raced on Brazil's 4x100 relay.
Later this week, senior Larsen Jensen, who is coming off two titles at the recently completed NCAA Championships, will compete in the 800 and 1500 free, events in which he will challenge for titles.
Also competing in those races will be Trojan distance great Erik Vendt, who is in the midst of a comeback after about two years away from the sport.
Former All-American Jo Fargus, who won a gold medal in the 200 back at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, will race in the same event this week for Australia.
Former Trojan Kalyn Keller, who left school as a senior to turn pro shortly before the 2007 Pac-10 and NCAA Championships, finished ninth (2:04.10) in the Open Water 10K and was second in the 25K (5:39:39.62).
Former Trojan Mark Warkentin, competing in the men's Open Water competition, was fourth in the 25K (5:20:42:01), 17th in the 5K (57:39.5) and 20th in the 10K (1:56:15.28).