Markus Rogan Wins Silver Medal In 100 Back At Olympics

Aug. 18, 2004

Athens, Greece - Former Stanford swimmer Markus Rogan (2000-04 at Stanford) earned a silver medal in the 100 meter backstroke on Monday at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Rogan, who is swimming for Austria, finished second with a time of 54.35, just .26 seconds off the winning gold medal time of U.S. swimmer Aaron Peirsol (54.06).'My two best friends just missed the US team at the US (Olympic) trials,' said Rogan. 'They have better times than me. They should have been on the podium instead of me. I take the silver medal with the seventh fastest time in the world this year.'Rogan brought home Austria's first olympic swimming medal since 1912.'It is an historic moment for my country,' continued Rogan. 'But there are many moreimportant events in this world than an Olympic medal. This is an Olympic moment, to share the podium with someone from another continent who is also my best friend.'Rogan is also competing in the 200 meter backstroke finals on Thursday, August 19. The Stanford All-American posted the third fastest times in the prelims on Wednesday to qualify for the finals.

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