BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hail Cesar! Hail the next big thing in the swimming sprints. And hail that veteran swimmer from Trinidad who finally got a medal in the one-lap splash and dash.
There was plenty to celebrate after the foam-filled 50-meter freestyle at the world championships Saturday.
Cesar Cielo extended his reign with a third consecutive world title, 21-year-old Vladimir Morozov took silver to confirm his status as a sprinter to watch, and four-time Olympian George Bovell grabbed bronze for his first medal at a long-course worlds after a decade of fruitless attempts.
Cielo had surgery on both knees at the end of last year and only returned to full-speed training a few months ago. At one point he wondered whether he would even compete at these worlds.