Jensen, Mellouli Both Win Second Medals To Close World Championships

July 31, 2005

USC's Larsen Jensen and Ous Mellouli and former Trojan Kaitlin Sandeno all won their second medals on the final day of the XI FINA Swimming World Championships in Montreal on Sunday (July 31).

Jensen, a silver medal winner in the 800m freestyle in which he lowered his American record for the second time, won silver again the 1500m freestyle, clocking 14:47.58. World record holder Grant Hackett (14:42.58) won his fourth straight title in the event (the first time it's been done in any race) while Britain's David Davies was third (14:48.11).

Jensen, also the U.S. record holder in the 1500m free, re-affirmed his place as among the best ever in the mile. The silver medal winner in the distance at the 2004 Olympics (when he set the American record), Jensen was in second for most of the race. Davies, the bronze medallist in Athens, overtook Jensen with 100 meters to go and still led by a half second with 50 remaining, but the determined Jensen out-gutted Davies down the stretch to secure the silver.

Mellouli, Jensen's teammate the last two years for the Trojans and for one more to come, won bronze in the 400m free earlier in the meet and reached the final of the 800 meters. He earned his second medal by a hair, finishing third in the 400m IM (4:13.48).

While Hungrian Laszlo Cseh won the race in 4:09.63 (second fastest ever) and Italy's Luca Marin touched in 4:11.67, Mellouli was in a stroke-for-stroke race with Italian Alessio Boggattio for third. Mellouli trailed by 0.05 with 50 meters left but nipped Boggattio at the wall by 0.01. The time moved Mellouli from 11th fastest all-time to ninth.

Sandeno, who anchored the U.S. win the 4x200m free relay, won bronze in the 400m IM. She took third in 4:40.85, behind American teenage teammate Katie Hoff (4:36.07) and Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry (4:39.72). Sandeno still holds the U.S. record in the race at 4:34.95.

Fellow former Trojan Klete Keller reprised his role as the anchor on the U.S. men's 4x200 free relay on Friday and once again helped America to the gold during an easy win.

The major swim competitions continue with the U.S. vs. Australia Duel in the Pool on Aug. 2, the U.S. Summer Nationals (Aug. 3-7) and the World University Games (Aug. 11-21).

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