BARCELONA, Spain —
“I don’t think it really sunk in until I got out of the pool and I heard all the Aussies in the crowd chanting,” Campbell said. “In the water I was just like, ‘Why are all these people hugging me? What’s going on?”’
Yuliya Efimova of Russia pulled off an upset in the women’s 200 breaststroke, beating Rikke Pedersen one night after the Danish swimmer set a world record in the semifinals. Efimova got to the wall just ahead of Pedersen, winning in 2:19.41. Pederson will leave Barcelona with her name in the record book but only a silver medal around her neck, touching in 2:20.08 — nearly a second slower than her semis time of 2:19.11. Micah Lawrence of the U.S. grabbed the bronze.
Daniel Gyurta of Hungary won his third straight world title in the 200 breaststroke, finishing more than a second ahead of everyone else in 2:07.23. Marco Koch of Germany picked up the silver, and Matti Mattsson of Finland took the bronze.
Florent Manaudou of France went fastest in the semifinals of the chaotic 50 freestyle — a mad dash from end of the pool to the other. His time of 21.37 was just ahead of American Anthony Ervin (21.42). Nathan Adrian of the U.S. and Brazil’s Cesar Cielo tied for third at 21.60.
The final is Saturday.
Lochte will be back, too, going for another gold in the 100 fly. It’s also his 29th birthday.
“Hopefully,” he said, “I will get a little birthday present.”
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