12/04/2009 – Silver Medal – 100m Backstroke – New American Record
Today the weather was terrible, 30 degrees Celsius and rainy, however, a great day in the pool! I placed second in the 100m Backstroke and bringing home another silver medal. My time was 1:00.73 and set a new American Record. First Place went to Alexander Nevolin-svetov from Russia with a time of 57.54, a new World Record, and Third Place to Albert Gelis Juanola of Spain with a time of 1:02.31. Due to the bad weather conditions, there were no medal ceremonies this evening. Side note: I had a swim suit malfunction – as I was getting into the pool right before the start of the race, the seam in the back of the suit broke loose and I had to swim partially exposed. How embarrassing.
I have one more race set for Saturday, 05DEC and it is the 100m Freestyle. The current World Record was set in March of 2007 with a time of 56.52 by Enrique Floriano Millan of Spain. My qualifying time was 54.61, seeded 2nd and will be swimming in lane 5. A new world record will be set.
So my standings and medal count is as follows:
- Gold – 100m Butterfly – Set new World Record
- Silver – 50m Freestyle – Set new American Record
- Silver – 100m Backstroke – Set new American Record
- Bronze – 400m Freestyle – Set new American Record
Day sixth of the competition and my body is feeling it. Tonight the team is having spaghetti for dinner then off to bed. I will rise early and head to the pool to warm up so that I am prepared for the race at 18:33.
I really miss home and look forward to returning on Monday.
Thanks for your support.