|Luo Xuejuan of China reacts afte winning the 100m breaststroke at the 2004 Olympic Games Monday, August 16 2004 in Athens, Greece. |
Triple world champion Luo Xuejuan led the field to win the women's 100m breaststroke title Monday in the Olympic swimming pool here.
The 20-year-old Chinese rushed to win in an Olympic record time of one minute 6.64 seconds, missing the world record by 0.27.
"This is the most unforgettable moment in my life. I just want to thank the people who always support me," said a tearful Luo after taking the first swimming gold for China at the Athens Olympics.
"I told her before we came here that you were the best in the world and no one could beat you," said Luo's coach Zhang Yadong.
"She is the strongest competitor in the field and she deserves the win," he added.
Luo defended successfully her 50m and 100m breaststroke titles and became a member of the winning 4x100m medley relay team at last year's Barcelona world championships.
Barcelona world silver medalist Brooke Hanson of Australia finished second in 1:07.15 while world record holder Leisel Jones of Australia took bronze in 1:07.16. Women's 100m breaststroke results
Following are the women's 100m breaststroke final results at the Olympic Games in Athens on August 16
1. Luo Xuejuan, China, 1:06.64 (OR)
2. Brooke Hanson, Australia, 1:07.15
3. Leisel Jones, Australia, 1:07.16
4. Amanda Beard, United States, 1:07.44
5. Sarah Poewe, Germany, 1:07.53
6. Tara Kirk, United States, 1:07.59
7. Svitlana Bondarenko, Ukraine, 1:08.19
8. Qi Hui, China, DSQ