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Monday, 18 September, 2000, 08:48 GMT 09:48 UK
Stunning Mocanu takes gold
Mai Nakamura
Mai Nakamura was pushed into second
Sixteen-year-old Diana Mocanu of Romania has won the Olympic women's 100 metres backstroke title, snatching the gold from Japan's Mai Nakamura.

Nakamura went clear from the start and turned in 29.17 seconds, inside world record schedule.

She held her lead till well down the return length when Mocanu shot past to win in one minute 00.21 seconds, an Olympic record.

Nakamura had to settle for the silver in 1:00.55, while Russian-born Nina Zhivanevskaya of Spain took the bronze in 1:00.89.

Mocanu missed the 1:00.16 world record of China's He Cihong by just 0.05 seconds.


Newcastle's Sue Rolph, the Commonwealth Games 200m individual medley silver medallist, saw her hopes of reaching the Olympic final at the event dashed.

The 22-year-old finished sixth in her semi-final in 2:15.98 - around a second outside her best - and wound up 12th overall.

An amazing finish gave sixteen-year-old American Megan Quann the women's 100 metres breaststroke gold, ahead of Penny Heyns who faded at the finish.

South African Heyns, who won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 1996 Atlanta Games, took the race out boldly and was inside her own world record schedule at the turn.

But 15 metres from the finish Quann eased past her to win in one minute 7.05 seconds.

Fifteen-year-old Australian Leisel Jones also slipped through to take the silver in 1:07.49, with Heyns having to settle for the bronze in 1:07.55 ahead of fellow South African Sarah Poewe.

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