Condorelli Just Misses Podium In 100m Free, Takes Fourth|
Aug. 10, 2016
USC’s Santo Condorelli (CAN) came within a fingertip’s reach of an Olympic medal Wednesday (Aug. 10) at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing fourth in the 100m freestyle final in a personal-best effort and turning in the top Trojan finish in the event in half a century.
Condorelli, set to be a redshirt junior for the Trojans and part of USC’s NCAA title 4x100y free relay in 2015, blasted his way through the prelims and semifinals Tuesday to become Troy’s first Olympic 100m free finalist since Joe Bottom in 1976.
Only four Trojans have won a medal in the Olympic 100m free and Condorelli got just about as close as you can get without joining the club. He finished fourth in a lifetime best 47.88, just 0.03 back of America’s Nathan Adrian for third and 0.08 behind Belgium’s Pieter Timmers for second. Australia’s Kyle Chalmers won in 47.58.
Condorelli’s effort was the best Trojan result in the Olympic race since West German Hans Klein took bronze in 1964. He also lowered his 100m free time for the fourth straight swim after his opening leg of the 4x100m free relay on Sunday.
"I know I don't have the same back half as these guys do," Condorelli said. "I'm used to going out fast. I just went for it — had fun with it.
"I'm not too worried about it. It's my first Olympics, just here enjoying the moment. Yeah it kind of sucks, I wanted to be top three but there's another Olympics in me.”
Also back in the pool Thursday will be golden girl Katinka Hosszu. The Trojan great has won a stunning three individual golds already and will begin the trek for four with the prelims of the 200m backstroke. A fourth gold would tie Kristin Otto’s record of four golds in one Olympiad.
Hosszu anchored Hungary’s 4x200m free relay Wednesday night to a sixth-place finish. Incoming Trojan Louise Hansson finished her Olympic schedule by anchoring Sweden’s effort, which finished fifth.