Hackett denies Perkins gold

2000-09-23 07:48

Sydney - Grant Hackett denied Kieren Perkins a third consecutive Olympic 1 500m freestyle title, but led the veteran home in an Australian one-two on the final day of swimming at the Sydney Games.

World champion Hackett, mediocre in the 200m and 400m freestyle earlier in the Games, led from start to finish and won in 14min 48.33sec.

Perkins, who thrilled his loyal fans when he broke 15 minutes for the first time since winning in Atlanta in the heats, took second in 14:53.59 and American Chris Thompson was third in 14:56.81.

Russian Alexei Filipets finished fourth, also under 15 minutes, in 14:56.88.

Inge de Bruijn captured her third gold medal of the Sydney Olympics here Saturday, closing out her campaign with a victory in the women's 50m freestyle.

Dutchwoman de Bruijn, 27, set world records in the semifinals en route to all three of her triumphs. She won Saturday's final in 24.32sec, while Sweden's European champion Therese Alshammar finished second in 24.51, adding a second silver to the one she won in the 100m free.

American Dara Torres, 33, earned her third bronze medal of the Games in 24.63sec.

"Before coming here, I knew I could do something," said de Bruijn, who has now set 11 world records this year. "I didn't imagine such greatness.

"It's easy to predict that I would win three, but it's different to do it." - Sapa-AFP