Mellouli Wins World Championship Gold In 800 Free
March 28, 2007
Former Trojan Ous Mellouli won the gold medal in the 800 free (lcm) to complement his silver in the 400 free a few days earlier on the fourth day of the 12th Fina World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
Mellouli's gold was his first ever in an international long course meet, though he did win gold in the 400 IM at the Short Course World Championships in 2004. He now has seven world championship medals between long and short course events. A native of Tunisia, he is his country's only gold medal winner in international competition in any sport.
Mellouli swam a very disciplined race, going out in 3:55.49 and coming back in 3:51.46. He methodically made his way toward the lead, which he took over with about 100 meters to go.
Former Trojan Tamas Kerekjarto of Hungary swam a lifetime best in the 200 fly to qualify for the 2008 Olympics. He withdrew from the semifinals of the 200 fly to focus on his specialty, the 200m IM. He qualified fifth in that event in a lifetime best 1:59:51. He will swim in the final on Thursday.
Senior Larsen Jensen is nearing his specialty, the 1500 free. The prelims are on Saturday and the final is on Sunday.
Mellouli returns to the pool to swim the 400 IM on Sunday, joining former Trojan teammate Erik Vendt. Vendt was 10th in the 800 free, just missing the cut for the final.
Sophomore Ankur Poseria of India swam a lifetime best in the 100 free on Wednesday in 52.59 (78th) and will swim the 100 fly on Friday.