Tom Dolan, the 1996 Olympic 400-meter individual medley gold medallist has already found the motivation to prepare for the defense of his title at the Sydney Games.
Dolan won the 200-meter individual medley Sunday at the Charlotte Ultra-swim meet in North Carolina after he had earlier won the 400-meter individual medley because he read something he did not like.
He read a newspaper story predicting the medal winners in the 400-meter individual medley. His name was not on the list. He became angry, tore out the article and used it for motivation.
Dolan won the 400-meter individual medley in 4 min. 18.97 seconds to set a meet record and then Sunday followed up winning the 200-meter individual medley in 2:03.91.
Cristina Teuscher was also motivated to win the women's 200-meter individual medley Sunday in 2:14.67. She said she was inspired by Tom Malchow's 1:55.18 world record in the 200-meter butterfly.
"Seeing things like Tom Malchow's world record gets you fired up to swim fast. I'm actually excited about (the Olympic) trials and I'm looking forward to the intensity of it," she said.
In the other women's events Sunday, Lea Maurer won the 200-meter backstroke, Courtney Shealy took the 100-meter freestyle, and Mirjana Bosevska won the 1,500-meter freestyle.
Marc Lindsay triumphed in the 200-meter backstroke, Neil Walker was the 100-meter freestyle victor, and Ricar Montesterio won the 800-meter freestyle to round off the men's finals Sunday - (AFP)
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