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Hart grad Anthony Ervin wins U.S. swim title

Posted: August 10, 2014 10:41 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2014 10:41 p.m.

Hart High School graduate Anthony Ervin gestures after winning the men's 50-meter freestyle final at the U.S. nationals of swimming on Sunday in Irvine.

 

Hart High School graduate Anthony Ervin won his first 50-meter freestyle national title in 13 years, upsetting five-time champion and training partner Nathan Adrian on Sunday at the U.S. swim championships in Irvine.

Ervin, at 33 the oldest man in the final, won the chaotic sprint in 21.55 seconds, third-quickest in the world. The 2000 Olympic champion in the event raised both tattoo-sleeved arms in triumph.

Ervin won an Olympic gold medal in the same event at the 2000 Summer Games at age 19, but then retired in 2003 and reportedly auctioned off his medal.

In 2011, he suddenly came out of retirement and began training for an Olympic comeback. He competed in the 2012 Olympics and took fifth in the 50 free final.

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