Defending champion Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands retained her 50m freestyle title in Athens on August 21, the last day of the swimming competition at the Olympic Games.
|Dutch Inge de Bruijn (C) smiles after winning the women's 50m freestyle final with a time of 24.58 seconds at Athens Olympic Games in Greece, Aug. 21, 2004.|
World record holder Bruijn, silver medalist in the 100m free, clinched the title in 24.58 seconds, 0.45 outside her own world mark set in Sydney Olympics four years ago.
It will be the best birthday gift for Bruijn, who turns 31 on Tuesday.
"There has been so much pressure on me given the other results. Finally, I get the gold," said Bruijn wearing her famous big smile, also taking two bronzes in the 100m fly and 4x100m free relay.
"It's really big. It's going to stay on my face for a couple more weeks, I guess," she said about her smile.
Frenchwoman Malia Metella, fourth place finisher in the 100m free, took silver in 24.89 while Lisbeth Lenton of Australia was third in 24.91.