Hayden stuns Phelps to win men’s 100 freestyle gold

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Canada’s Brent Hayden from Maple Ridge, B.C. gets ready to compete in the men’s 100-metre freestyle semi-final at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

June 14, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Brent Hayden of Vancouver beat American superstar Michael Phelps to win the men’s 100-metre freestyle Sunday at the Santa Clara Grand Prix swimming competition.

Hayden led most of the race and clocked a meet record 48.44 seconds for the gold, giving him three medals in the competition. He also won silver in the 200 freestyle on Friday and bronze in the 50 freestyle on Saturday.

Phelps made a second half charge out of lane eight to win the silver in 48.87. Nathan Adrian of the U.S., was third in 48.94.

Hayden was ecstatic afterward.

“I was really excited,” said Hayden. “Michael is such a great competitor and every time I get up and race him it’s such an honour. I just wanted to get a fast time and 48.44 is my best ever in-season (training) time so of course I’m going to be excited.”

The Canadian Press

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