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Anthony Ervin, U.S. team take silver medal

Posted: July 28, 2013 11:04 p.m.
Updated: July 28, 2013 11:04 p.m.

From left, Nathan Adrian, James Feigen, Hart graduate Anthony Ervin and Ryan Lochte display their silver medals for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday.


It looked as though the final race of the night would produce another red, white and blue celebration.

Turns out it did — but it was Le Tricolore that waved throughout the Palau Sant Jordi when the French rallied to snatch the gold away from the Americans in the men’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

The American team, which included Hart alumnus Anthony Ervin, settled for the silver in 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain with a time of 3 minutes, 11.42 seconds.

The French won in 3:11.18 and Russia took the bronze in 3:11.44.

Ervin won an Olympic gold medal in the 50 free in 2000 before retiring from the sport three years later. He returned to the pool in 2011, qualified for the 2012 Olympics and again raced in the 50 free, where he took fifth place.

Perhaps Sunday's result could have been different if Michael Phelps had not retired after London. He is in Barcelona to make some promotional appearances and attend the evening finals, but only as a fan. The swimming world is abuzz with speculation that he's planning a comeback, but not yet.

Megan Romano turned in a brilliant anchor leg to ensure Franklin of a gold in the women's 400-meter freestyle relay Sunday evening, chasing down the Australians in the last, furious strokes.

Coming off a starring role at the London Olympics, Franklin is now one-for-one in Barcelona.

Seven more to go.

"Oh, my gosh, it was amazing!" said Franklin, who clutched hands with teammate Natalie Coughlin at the edge of the pool as they cheered on Romano. "We knew Megan could do it."

Overall, it was good start for the American team on the first night of pool swimming at the arena atop Montjuic. Katie Ledecky, still only 16 and preparing to start her junior year of high school, nearly broke the world record while winning the women's 400 free. Connor Jaeger pulled out a bronze in the men's 400 free, which was won in dominating fashion by China's Sun Yang.

That led into the day's finale, which was the men's 4x100 silver medal performance.


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