Beard rallies to earn silver in 200 IM

Updated: August 17, 2004, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Yana Klochkova of Ukraine completed an Olympic sweep of the individual medleys, winning gold in the 200-meter IM Tuesday night.

Klochkova won in 2 minutes, 11.14 seconds, defending her title from the Sydney Games. She won gold in the 400 IM Saturday.

Amanda Beard of Irvine, Calif., made a dramatic move from fifth to second on the breaststroke portion and earned the silver in 2:11.70 -- her fifth career Olympic medal.

Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe, who won a silver in the 100 backstroke and swims at Auburn University, took bronze in 2:12.72.

Katie Hoff, a 15-year-old who swims at the same North Baltimore club as Michael Phelps, was in contention, but faded on the freestyle leg and finished seventh in 2:13.97.

Hoff didn't make the 400 IM final Saturday and vomited because of nerves after her preliminary heat.

Beatrice Caslaru of Romania, the silver medalist at Sydney, was eighth and last.

Potec wins women's 200 freestyle
Camelia Potec of Romania won gold in the Olympic 200-meter freestyle Tuesday night, coming from behind in an outside lane.

Potec finished in 1 minute, 58.03 seconds. Federica Pellegrini, a 16-year-old Italian, earned the silver in 1:58.22, while Solenne Figues of France took bronze in 1:58.45.

Franziska van Almsick of Germany, competing in her third Olympics at age 26, finished fifth in 1:58.88. The world record-holder is a two-time silver medalist in the event.

Dana Vollmer, a 16-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas, was sixth in 1:58.98. She has a rare condition that could cause her heart to beat rapidly, then suddenly stop. If that happens, death can occur within minutes.

American Lindsay Benko surprisingly failed to make the final.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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