Two former Golden Bear Olympic gold medalists, Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin, helped Team USA capture a silver medal in the 400 free relay Sunday (July 28) during the opening day of the swimming competition of the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Adrian, the gold medal winner in the 100 free at the 2012 London Olympics, propelled the Americans to the lead after opening the relay with a mark of 47.95 after the first 100 meters. Ryan Lochte was overtaken by Australia’s Cameron McEvoy, before Ervin, the 50 free gold medalist in 2000, recaptured the lead for Team USA, swimming the third leg in a time of 47.44.
Unfortunately for the United States, France’s Jeremy Stravius edged James Feigen, 47.59 to 48.23, in the anchor leg to earn his country a gold medal tipping the Americans, 3:11.18 to 3:11.42.
Adrian, who helped the Bears to the 2011 NCAA team title, will be competing in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle in Barcelona after winning the 50 and 100 free earlier this summer at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis.
Ervin, who finished second to Adrian in the 50 free and was third in the 100 free in Indianapolis, will also be competing in the 50 free in Spain. The last World Championships Ervin competed in was exactly 10 years ago, in 2003, at Palau Sanit Jordi in Barcelona.
Adrian's 100 free prelim and finals with be held Wednesday, July 31. The 50 free prelims and finals for Adrian and Ervin are slated for Friday, Aug. 2. For a complete listing of the television schedule for the World Championships, please click Here . For results of the world championships, click Here.Adrian and Ervin, who are training with Cal coach David Durden, were recently featured by Comcast SportsNet in preparation for the 2013 FINA World Swimming Championships Comcast Cal Swimming Feature.