US swimmer Nathan Adrian fastest man on water after 100m victory at the Olympics
Nathan Adrian of United States won the title of the world’s fastest man on water on Wednesday. Nathan Adrian claimed this title by winning the 100 metres freestyle gold medal by a whisker from second placed James Magnussen.
The American defeated the Australian world champion James Magnussen by 0.01 seconds, which is the closest margin a swimmer has acquired a victory with at the Olympics.
Nathan Adrian and James Magnussen were neck to neck when the race ended. Therefore, technology was asked to step in to pick a winner. The sensors in pool indicated that Nathan Adrian was the first to come in contact with the sensor at the end of the race.
The time recorded by Nathan Adrian was 47.52 seconds and the time recorded by James Magnussen 47.53 seconds.
Brent Hayden of Canada came third. Interestingly, the race had eight finalists which were separated by a mere second. This is the first time an American has won the 100m race since Matt Biondi in 1988.
“I almost started crying in the water. This is something that happens every four years,” Nathan Adrian said in an interview after the race. “It's not who swims the fastest time this year but it's who can get their hands on the wall first here tonight.”
James Magnussen was the hot favorite to win the 100m race. James Magnussen won the world title last year and was boasting about winning the swimming contest before the Olympics had even begun. Well, James Magnussen has learnt a painful lesson.
“I just felt pretty much bullet proof coming into this Olympics and it is very humbling,” James Magnussen said. “They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger so hopefully I can come out of this a better swimmer but most of all a better person.”
In other news, United States star swimmer at the 2012 London Olympics Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history after he won the 19th medal at the Games yesterday. Michael Phelps won the title by helping the United States team win gold medal in the 4x200m free style relay.