Hall, Ervin tie in 50 freestyle
Sydney, Australia They train together. Swim at the same club. Are coached by the same man. But Anthony Ervin and Gary Hall Jr. of the United States do more than race the same races and talk the same talk. They dream the same dream.
On Friday, they reached that dream side by side. In adjacent lanes, they touched the wall at exactly the same time, earning a shared Olympic gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle.
In this, the sprint of all swimming sprints, a one-lap dash to the wall, Ervin and Hall finished in 21.98, beating a field that included the Netherlands' Pieter van den Hoogenband and Russia's Alexander Popov, the two-time defending Olympic champion and world record holder.
It was a fitting finish to a night dripping with history as Brooke Bennett claimed an Olympic record victory in the 800 meters.
"It couldn't have ended any better," Ervin said.
"I knew it was close, but not that close," said Hall.
Bennett, 20, became the first woman since Evans in 1988 to sweep the 400 and 800 freestyles. Teammate Kaitlin Sandeno, 17, won the 800 freestyle bronze.
Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands, already the world's fastest woman sprinter, won the 50-meter freestyle today for her third individual Olympic gold.
De Bruijn swam 24.32 seconds .19 seconds over the world record she set in Friday's semifinals.
Therese Alshammar of Sweden took silver in 24.51 seconds. American Dara Torres won bronze in 24.63. American Amy Van Dyken, the defending Olympic champion, was fourth in 25.04.
Rowing: Missy Ryan and Steven Redgrave can compare the scars they've acquired since Atlanta. The rowers also can show off the medals they won at these Olympics. Ryan won a bronze in the women's pairs, capping her comeback after donating a kidney to her brother weeks after winning a silver medal in 1996.
Redgrave fought diabetes, appendicitis and an arm injury in the past four years, but still pulled his British crew to victory in the men's fours, making him only the third person to win gold at five straight Olympics.
The U.S. men's pair of Ted Murphy and Sebastian Bea were surprising silver medalists.
Beach volleyball: Jenny Johnson Jordan and teammate Annett Davis lost in the quarterfinals, 15-9, by a Japanese team an unexpected event for the third-seeded Americans.
Baseball: Manager Tommy Lasorda's 73rd birthday had it all: an Italian lunch, a nice cake and a fifth straight Olympic victory. His U.S. team defeated Italy 4-2, setting up a first-round showdown with the favored Cubans. A throwing error by Italian reliever Jason Simontacchi allowed two runs, including the winner.
Boxing: After landing a dozen solid body shots, American Brian Viloria expected better. But the world 106-pound champion was outpointed 6-4 by Frenchman Brahim Aslouf after the fight judges did not award him a single point for those blows.