US snares three golds, five medals in swimming

Published: Aug. 20, 2004 at 3:38 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2004 at 1:34 PM EDT
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(Athens-AP) Aug. 19, 2004 - World record holders Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol and Amanda Beard all won swimming gold medals for the United States on Thursday in Athens, and all three won in Olympic record times.

Peirsol won the gold medal in the Olympics 200-meter backstroke, but he had a rocky, emotional journey to the medal stand. Peirsol finished first in Olympic record time, but then was disqualified for an illegal turn.

The United States filed a protest and the ruling was overturned by the sport's governing body, FINA. Officials say the reversal was made because the judge in Peirsol's lane provided inadequate details about the alleged violation that were "not in the working language of FINA." No other details were immediately available.

Phelps won the gold medal Thursday in the 200-meter individual medley with an Olympic-record time of 1:57.14. It was his sixth medal overall and fourth gold. American Ryan Lochte won the silver with a time of 1:58.78. George Bovell of Trinidad won the bronze in 1:58.80.

Beard won the gold medal Thursday in the 200-meter breaststroke, her first individual gold, with an Olympic-record time of 2:23.37. Leisel Jones of Australia won the silver with a time of 2:23.60. Anne Poleska of Germany won the bronze with a time of 2:25.82.

American swimmer Natalie Coughlin won a bronze medal in the women's 100-meter freestyle. World record-holder Jodie Henry of Australia won the gold, and Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands took silver.

Posted 11:38pm by BrettWitt