Flaskay Wins Bronze At World Championships

July 23, 2003

USC sophomore Mihaly Flaskay won a bronze medal in the 50m breast on Wednesday (July 23), complementing recently won medals by former Trojans Klete Keller, Lindsay Benko and David Meca at the 2003 Final World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Flaskay, who was an All-American as a freshman last season for the Trojans, finished third in 27.79, only behind first-place James Gibson (27.56) of Great Britain and Oleg Lisogor (27.74) of Ukraine.

Meca, who won bronze in the 10K open water race, took second in the 25K in 5:02:02.4.

Benko joined Natalie Coughlin, Rhi Jeffery and Jenny Thompson in winning the gold medal in the 4x100m free relay (3:38.09), the USA's first gold medal of the World Championships.

Benko was the top qualifier heading into the women's 200m free final on Wednesday, but finished fourth in 1:58.84, about half of a second out of first, .30 out of third. She was also sixth in the 400m free (4:09.82) earlier in the week.

Keller anchored the U.S. team to the silver medal in the 4x200m relay, the U.S. finishing more than a second behind the gold medal-winning Australia quartet but well ahead of third-place Germany.

Keller's split of 1:45.99 in the final 200 meters of the relay is the best ever by an American, bettering Matt Biondi's mark for a 4x200 relay split.

Keller was just off his personal best in the 400m free, swimming a 3:47.70 in the 400m free, but finished out of the medals, taking fifth. Sophomore Ous Mellouli, representing Tunisia, just missed the finals of the 400m free, finishing ninth in 3:52.04.

Blythe Hartley, who won a bronze in the 1-meter earlier in the week, was fifth on the platform.