Milorad Cavic Wins 50 Fly at FINA World Championships
July 27, 2009
ROME - Former Cal standout Milorad Cavic, who won the silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, captured the gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly Monday, July 27 at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. Cavic, a top competitor for the Golden Bears from 2003-06, is the second Cal men's swimmer to win gold at the World Championships when touched at 22.67 in the 50 fly. He joins junior Nathan Adrian, swimmer of the anchor leg of the United States' victorious 400 free relay on Sunday.
Also competing in the finals of the 50 fly was Duje Draganja, who placed eighth with a time of 23.10. In another Monday race, former Bear breaststroker Henrique Barbosa was eighth in the 100-meter breast with a mark of 59.54.Cavic was involved in one of the most thrilling races at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, narrowly missing a gold medal in the 100 fly by .01 seconds as he was edged out by American superstar Michael Phelps. Cavic, swimming for Serbia, produced a time of 50.59, only to fall to Phelps' Olympic record 50.58.
Swimming for the Bears from 2003-06, Cavic was part of four national champion relay teams as a member of Cal's 400 free relay in 2003; and 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relays in 2005. He was also the individual Pac-10 champion in the 100 fly in both 2003 and 2004. Cavic, who grew up in Tustin, Calif. after his parents, Dusko and Ljilljana, had immigrated to the United States in 1982, is the first Serbian swimmer to win an Olympic medal.
Draganja, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the 50-meter free for Croatia, was a five-time NCAA champion as a member of Cal relays and was the individual national champion in the 100 free in 2003 and 2005, and the 100 fly in 2005. Barbosa was the 2006 NCAA champion in both the 100 and 200 breast for Cal and is now swimming for his native Brazil.