Sunday, August 17, 2008

Singing Gold to a different tune

Ouis Mellouli finally has his moment in the sun. Already holding four USC swimming records, Mellouli now adds Olympic gold. Representing his native Tunisia, he brings home the nation’s first ever gold medal in swimming, winning the 1500-meter freestyle. He also became the first to defeat Australia’s Grant Hackett, who owned the event for the past 11 years.

Swimming for the Trojans, Mellouli was an 11 time All-American and 5 time Pac 10 champion. His gold medal time of 14:40.84 is an African record, and second fastest ever in the event.

Rebecca Soni took another shot at gold in the Women’s 4x100 medley relay, but the American’s came up short, and she adds another silver medal to her Beijing collection.

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