INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 9. SEVENTEEN years after winning her first international medal at the Pan Am Championships in Indianapolis, Jenny Thompson gathered gold once again as she won her third title in this event in the last four short course world championships.
With several more swims to go she has already assured herself of a fairy tale ending to a storied career. To do it she had to beat the world record holder and defending champion, Sweden’s Anna-Karin Kammerling, who battled with her stroke for stroke all the way. At the wall, Thompson was :25.89 to Kammerling’s :26.02.
Lisbeth Lenton added a bronze to her 100 freestyle gold by touching at :26.53, in a tight battle for the last podium spot. USA’s Rachel Komisarz was tied for fourth with Slovakia’s Martina Moravcova at :26.58.
— P. Whitten
“It’s a great way for me to start the meet…. The fans were chanting my name, so it was very easy to get excited,” said Thompson
The crowd, 11,488 strong, was the largest ever to see a non-Olympic swimming event in the US, a tribute to the efforts of the Indiana Sports Corporation to put on a truly first class swimming affair.