For­mer Olympic champ Ervin wins 50m freestyle ti­tle

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WASH­ING­TON—An­thony Ervin, an Olympic cham­pion in 2000 as a teen at Syd­ney, won the men’s 50-me­ter freestyle Satur­day at the US Pro Swim Se­ries meet in Char­lotte, North Carolina.

The 34-year-old Amer­i­can, who won the world 50 and 100 free ti­tles in 2001 at Fukuoka, cap­tured the Char­lotte ti­tle in 21.98 sec­onds just three weeks af­ter start­ing work­outs at the same pool.

“We’ve been do­ing a lot of tech­nique work the last few weeks as well as try­ing to get that start down,” Ervin said. “I think it has been pay­ing off. I’m not only hope­ful, I’m en­thu­si­as­tic about the next few weeks.”

Canada’s Santo Con­dorelli, who would later win the men’s 50 but­ter­fly in 23.82, was sec­ond to Ervin in 22.15 with Amer­i­can Josh Sch­nei­der third in 22.16.

Other non-US win­ners Satur­day in­cluded Jonathan Gomez of Colom­bia in the men’s 200 fly in 1:57.36, Canada’s Chan­tal Van Lan­deghem in the women’s 50 free in 24.43, Canada’s Kylie Masse in the women’s 100 back in 59.98 and Rus­sian-born Ser­bian Arkady Vy­atchanin in the men’s 100m back in 54.80.

Amer­i­cans Conor Dwyer, Leah Smith, Cody Miller and Cam­mile Adams each won their sec­ond ti­tles of the meet, which con­cludes on Sun­day.

Dwyer won the men’s 400 free in 3:47.37 af­ter tak­ing the 200 free Fri­day. Leah Smith won the women’s 400 to claim the same dou­ble, Adams took the women’s 200 fly af­ter a 400 in­di­vid­ual med­ley win and Miller com­pleted a men’s breast­stroke sweep by tak­ing the 200 in 2:12.22.—AFP

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