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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cielo takes bronze, new record for AU

Auburn's Cesar Cielo won bronze tonight in the 100-meter freestyle, making it seven medals now won by current and former Auburn swimmers (a new AU record for a single Olympics). In other words, right this second, Auburn is tied with Great Britain for 10th in the medal count. Couple more and they'll tie Germany for ninth -- and I'm betting they win at least two more when Margaret Hoelzer and Kirsty Coventry square off in the women's 200-meter backstroke.

Cielo's a bad man. His time of 47.67 seconds in tonight's event was a new record for a South American swimmer. I wrote a story about him this summer around the time of the U.S. Olympic Trials (although he's Brazilian). He twice won NCAA Swimmer of the Year, won 10 NCAA titles and 19 SEC titles, all Auburn records. So he decided to forego his senior year at Auburn to go pro. That's how good he is -- he's skipping a year of eligibility to become a professional swimmer.

Here's where AU's medal count stands right now:
Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe: Silver x 3
Fred Bosquet, France: Silver
Cesar Cielo, Brazil: Bronze
Margaret Hoelzer, United States: Bronze
Matt Targett, Australia: Bronze

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