Nathan Adrian of Bremerton earned gold and silver medals at the world championships in Kazan, Russia.
Adrian wins gold, silver medals at worlds
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton earned gold and silver medals Saturday at the world championships in Kazan, Russia.
Adrian was part of the U.S. mixed 400-meter freestyle relay that won in a world-record time of 3 minutes, 23.05 seconds. Missy Franklin’s powerful finish gave the Americans a .05-second victory over the Netherlands.
Ryan Lochte and Simone Manuel joined Adrian and Franklin on the winning team.
The 26-year-old Adrian, a winner of three Olympic gold medals in his career, was second in the 50 free final in 21.52. In the semifinals Friday, Adrian set an American record of 21.37.
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Frorent Manaudou of France won the gold medal in 21.19.
Adrian tied for seventh place in the 100 free Thursday.
“Sometimes your 50’s clicking and sometimes your 100’s clicking, and I’m thankful that I had a spot to do both (at the meet),” Adrian said. “If I had only swum the 100, I would have walked away disappointed. Not to say that I’m not, but it’s nice to come back and get a medal.”
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, Md., continued her domination. She won the 800 free in a world-record 8:07.39 for her fifth gold medal of the meet.
Phelps serves notice
Michael Phelps, a winner of 18 Olympic gold medals, is competing at the U.S. championships in San Antonio instead of worlds as part of his punishment for a second DUI arrest.
South African Chad le Clos taunted Phelps after winning the world title in the 100 butterfly in 50.56 seconds. Phelps later took the U.S. title in a faster time: 50.45.
“The comments were interesting,” Phelps said with a smile. “It just fuels me. If you want to do it, go for it. I welcome it.”
Le Clos said, “I’m just very happy that he’s back to his good form, so he can’t come out and say, ‘Oh, I haven’t been training’ or all that rubbish that he’s been talking.”
Nishikori defeats Cilic
Kei Nishikori of Japan rallied to beat Marin Cilic of Croatia 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the Citi Open semifinals in Washington — their first match since Cilic beat Nishikori in the U.S. Open final 11 months earlier.
In Sunday’s final, Nishikori will face 6-foot-10 John Isner. Isner beat Steve Johnson 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9) in an all-American semifinal.
• Chicago Blackhawks standout Patrick Kane hired an attorney and called off a public display of the Stanley Cup. Kane is under police investigation over something that might have happened at his Hamburg, N.Y., home last weekend.
Lawyer Paul Cambria confirmed he has been hired to represent Kane, 26. Hamburg police said they are gathering information and awaiting the results of forensic tests.
Brandon Faber, a spokesman for the NHL team, said Kane would spend the day with the Cup in the Buffalo area, but would do so in private with family and friends.
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• Pinkman ($5.60) won harness racing’s top event, the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.
• Austin Peay baseball coach Gary McClure resigned after 27 seasons; he was arrested in a prostitution sting.
Clarksville, Tenn., police said McClure responded to an online ad and contacted an undercover officer.
• Joe Dombrowski of the Cannondale-Garmin cycling team made a dominant move near the finish of Stage 6 in the Tour of Utah, riding solo to victory at Snowbird Ski Resort and taking the overall lead entering Sunday’s final stage.
Kiel Reijnen, who grew up in Bainbridge Island and rides for the UnitedHealthcare team, was 52nd in the stage and dropped from fourth place in the standings to 43rd.