Mellouli To Seek Second Gold In Olympic 1500m final
Aug. 3, 2012
Former USC NCAA champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli qualified for the final of the 1500m freestyle by finishing second overall during prelims Friday (Aug. 3) at the 2012 London Olympics.
Mellouli finished in 14:46.23, second behind only China's Sun Yang's 14:43.25. Canadian veteran Ryan Cochrane clocked the third-fastest prelim swim in 14:49.31.
Yang broke Australian Grant Hackett's 10-year-old world record in the race last year with a 14:34.14 and his 14:35.43 in 2010 is the third-fastest ever in the event.
Mellouli, who defeated Hackett for gold in 2008, owns the fourth and fifth-fastest times ever in the race while his winning time in Beijing (14:40.84) is eighth fastest. Cochrane is the only other swimmer in the eight-man final besides Yang and Mellouli who has broken 14:41 in what could be a three-man race for gold. The final Saturday is set for 11:36 a.m.
Rebecca Soni, two days after defending her 200m breast Olympic title with her second world record in as many days, will swim the breaststroke leg for the U.S. in the 400m medley relay scheduled to start at 12:07 p.m. on Saturday. She won a silver medal in 2008 in the event.
Trojan junior Dimitri Colupaev could see action for Germany in the men's 400m medley relay Saturday if he gets selected for the final at 12:27 p.m.
In prelims of the 400m medley relay Friday, junior Vladimir Morozov led off the Russian relay in the 100m back, but the Russians finished 12th overall and did not qualify for the final.
Former Trojan Clement Lefert was a possibility to swim in the final for France, but the French (without Lefert) did not qualify for the final during prelims, finishing 10th.