Defending champion Gary Hall of the United States put a perfect
ending to his Olympic journey as he pulled off the men's 50m
freestyle title Friday in the swimming pool.
Three-time Olympian Hall, 29, retained the title in 21.93
seconds to carry on his miracle as a Type 1 diabetes patient.
"I am so excited about the chance to defend my gold medal from
Sydney. I loved it," he said. "It' s always harder to defend than
to win, so I am really proud."
Hall was found out in 1999 that he has the disease and sometimes
must inject insulin 10 to 12 times a day.
"Five years ago when I was diagnosed with diabetes, this seemed
so far away," Hall said.
Hall had written a new chapter in U.S. history after he
qualified for the third time for the Olympic Games after his
Father, Hall snr, was also a three-time Olympian.
22-year-old Croatian Duje Draganja, sixth-place finisher in
the100m free here, bagged the silver in 21.94.
South African Roland Schoeman, member of the winning 4x100m free
relay team, took bronze in 22.02.
"I'm a little bit disappointed, but a bronze in the Olympics is
a great thing. Maybe I would have been there (top of the podium),if
I had got the start that I wanted," said Schoeman.
(Xinhua News Agency August 21, 2004)