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Van Dyken and Krayzelburg Win Gold; U.S. Relay Upset -- January 18, 1998

From www.usswim.org - PERTH, AUSTRALIA - USA's Amy Van Dyken and Lenny Krayzelburg won individual golds on the final day of the World Championships, as the American swimmers finished with 14 gold medals, the biggest gold medal haul by a U.S. team in 20 years.

Krayzelburg won the 200m backstroke with a 1:58.84. "That was my goal coming into this meet," Krayzelburg said. "I’m not impressed with the time, but at this meet it’s all about winning. I’m very happy."

Krayzelburg then turned around and led off the medley relay with Kurt Grote, Neil Walker and Gary Hall, Jr. The team swam the 12th-fastest medley relay ever with a 3:38.56, but the Australians, led by Michael Klim, took the race with a 3:37.98 to stop the U.S. undefeated streak in this event at seven straight World Championships.

Van Dyken won the 50m freestyle in 25.15, ahead of Germany’s Sandra Voelker, who swam 25.32. Jenny Thompson was fourth with a 25.59. Thompson ended the meet with four golds and one silver.