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American Krayzelburg grabs silver at New York meet

By Agence France Presse

30 Janaury 2004

NEW YORK, (AFP) - Triple Olympic champion Lenny Krayzelburg declared himself 'satisfied' with his first competitive outing of 2004 after settling for 100 metre backstroke silver at the World Cup short-course meet in New York on Friday.

The American finished in a time of 52.43 seconds, beaten by compatriot Randall Bal's winning time of 52.08 as the host nation dominated day one of the seventh World Cup event for 2003-04.

"I know I can swim faster, but I haven't trained much for a few weeks so considering that, I'm satisfied with the effort," Krayzelburg said.

The 28-year-old, who won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 100m and 200m backstroke and the 400m medley relay, insists he will not go back on his plan to retire after this year's Olympic Games in Athens.

"Over the last few months I've rejuvenated my career and I haven't felt so good about swimming in a couple of years, but I've been doing this too long," he said. "It's time for a different path after the Olympics."

Ukrainian-born Krayzelburg was one of 21 medallists for the United States in 17 races at the Nassau County aquatics centre.

In-form Ed Moses , the runaway leader of the men's World Cup points standings and set for the 50,000 dollars first prize, won the 50m breaststroke in a US Open record of 26.85 and the 200m breaststroke in 2:04.61.

But the 23-year-old said afterwards he would pull out of the US Nationals set for Orlando, Florida next month due to fatigue.

Jenny Thompson shared a gold with Slovakia's Martina Moravcova in the women's 100m butterfly as both clocked 57.87. Thompson went on to claim outright gold in the 50m freestyle, beating Briton Alison Sheppard into second place by two tenths of a second.

Chad Carvin was the other American double gold medallist, in the 400m freestyle and the 400m individual medley.

Ukraine's Yana Klochkova secured gold in the women's 200m individual medley, but she remains adrift of World Cup leader Moravcova.

The last of eight World Cup meets is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between February 6-8.


Article originally located at Yahoo! News

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