Britta Steffen, a German swimmer who specializes in freestyle, who is a former holder of the world record in women’s 100-meter freestyle, has defeated 41-year-old Dara Torres, an American swimmer, who has competed in five Olympics: 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2008.
In her career, Torres has won twelve Olympic medals (four-gold, four-silver, and four-bronze), five of which she won in the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She was the oldest member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
Steffen defeated Torres by 0.01 seconds to win the women's 50-meter freestyle at the Beijing Olympics. Steffen finished in 24.06 seconds Sunday morning, breaking the Olympic record of 24.13 by Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands set eight years ago in Sydney. Moreover, Steffen also won the 100 free.
Torres earned the silver in 24.07 for her 11th career medal in her fifth Olympics; Cate Campbell, a 16-year-old Australian, took the bronze in 24.17; and Aussie Libby Trickett, the 100 silver medalist, was 4th in 24.25.
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