Thompson Wins Gold, Breaks Meet Record At 2003 World Championships
July 20, 2003
Barcelona, Spain - Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson (1991-95) won a gold medal by anchoring the USA's gold medal winning 4x100 meter free relay team and twice broke the meet record for the 100 meter fly on the first day of swimming competition at the 10th FINA World Championships on Sunday the Palau Sant Jordi. Thompson, the most decorated female Olympian in the history of the United States, captured her 10th career World Championship medal to tie Shirley Babshoff for the all-time record.
'I don't swim for medals,' said Thompson, who at 30 years of age is the oldest member of the USA women's team. 'I just want to have fun and then they come. I think my longevity is one of the things I'm most proud of.'
Thompson's 53.44 split was her fastest-ever in the relay event and puts her fifth all-time among 100 meter free relay splits.
Thompson relay performances came just a few hours after she twice broke the meet record in the 100 meter fly. Thompson swam a 58.14 in the morning prelims to break the record before breaking it again by winning the second semifinal in 57.99 to earn a spot as the top seed in the event for Monday night's finals.
Gabrielle Rose, a former Stanford swimmer from 1997-2001, also competed in a pair of events on the first day of the FINA World Swimming Championships. Rose reached the semifinals of the 200 meter IM by recording a time of 2:16.83 in the prelims but did not qualify for the finals after her 2:15.02 placed her seventh in the second semifinal. Rose also contributed to the USA's gold medal winning 4x100 meter free relay team (3:43.14) by swimming the leadoff leg (56.63) of the prlelims.
The FINA World Championships continue through Sunday, July 27. Current Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk, a nine-time NCAA champion and a senior on The Farm in 2003-04) is expected to compete.Click here for additional coverage of the FINA World Championships.
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