Former Olympic champ Ervin wins 50m freestyle title
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