Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic News: Congratulations to Alexander Dale Oen!

It's been a heck of a week for Norwegian swimmer, Alexander Dale Oen! First, on Saturday Oen broke the Olympic record for the men's 100m breaststroke with a time of 59.41 seconds. This not only broke the previous record but it also made him the second fastest swimmer of all time in that event!

Then, as if that weren't enough, Oen entered the annals of Olympic history once more, yesterday, by becoming the first-ever Norwegian to win an Olympic Medal in a swimming event! While his silver medal winning time of 59.20 seconds wasn't enough to get the gold (Japanese Olympian, Kosuke Kitajima, took that medal with a time of 58.91) it was more than enough to hold off Hugues Duboscq of France who had a time of 59.37.

So far Oen stands alone as the only Norwegian to win a medal at this year's Olympics. However Norway's women's football team have a match today and they are being picked by some to successfully repeat their 2004 Sydney Games performance with another gold medal.

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