Cal Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian placed third with a time of 47.84 in the finals of the 100-meter freestyle Thursday (Aug. 1) at the 2013 FINA World Championships at Palau Sanit Jordi in Barcelona. Adrian, who on Wednesday had clocked in the top time of the 100 free semifinals (47.95), trailed only James Magnussen of Australia (47.71) and USA teammate James Feigen (47.82).
At the 2012 London Olympics, Adrian had edged Magnussen, 47.52 to 47.53, for the 100 free gold.
Adrian will next compete in the heats and semifinals of the 50 free on Friday, Aug. 2. He will be joined in the 50 free by Cal’s Anthony Ervin, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 50 free, who finished second to Adrian in the 50 free and was third in the 100 free in Indianapolis during the World Championship Trials. The last World Championships Ervin competed in was exactly 10 years ago, in 2003, at Palau Sanit Jordi in Barcelona. the 50 free finals will be Saturday, Aug. 3.
Both Adrian and Ervin had helped Team USA to a silver medal in the 400 free relay on July 28 during the first day of the swimming competition. Adrian had propelled the Americans to the lead after opening the 400 relay with a mark of 47.95 after the first 100 meters. Ryan Lochte was overtaken by Australia’s Cameron McEvoy, before Ervin recaptured the lead for Team USA, swimming the third leg in a time of 47.44. Unfortunately, Team USA was edged by France in the final leg.
Another Golden Bear who has been training under Cal coach David Durden at Spieker Aquatics Complex in preparation for the World Championships was standout breaststroker Damir Dugonjic. Dugonjic, from Slovenia, placed fourth in both the finals of the 50 and 100 breast, seeing a European record in the 50 breast on Tuesday with a time of 26.83.
Dugonjic swam for Cal from 2008 through 2011 – winning three NCAA titles and owning Cal’s school record in the 100-yard breast (50.86, set in 2009). He competed for Slovenia in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and was a member of NCAA championship 200 and 400 medley relays with Adrian in 2010 and 2011.
Adrian and Ervin, who are training with Durden (along with Dugonjic), were recently featured by Comcast SportsNet in preparation for the 2013 FINA World Swimming Championships Comcast Cal Swimming Feature.