Olympics: Tom Dolan Grabs Gold
The weekend belonged to the Sydney Olympics, and the Olympics -- so far -- belong to the Americans, especially in the water. Tom Dolan of the U.S. defended his Olympic title in the men's 400-meter individual medley and set a world record (4 minutes 11.76 seconds) last night, while fellow Yankee Brooke Bennett won the women's 400 freestyle. In all, Americans won six of the 12 medals available on Sunday, putting the brakes on Australia's momentum. (In all, the U.S. is the top winner, having collected 12 gold, silver and bronze medals as of Monday morning.) Dolan, 24, also provided some real razzle-dazzle as he celebrated his victory, eventually hoisting himself onto a lane divider in the Sydney International Aquatic Center pool in order to provide better leverage in getting the crowd to cheer. He later said he was too overcome with emotion to try to curb himself, and this morning, on NBC's "Today" show, he said he is eager to face today's 200-meter competition. "I feel confident this high that I had last night won't go away," the Arlington, Va., native told the show's Matt Lauer.
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