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Making Waves
Brian Cazenueve
August 06, 2001
With a cult status rivaling that of Eddie (the Eagle) Edwards, Equatorial Guinea's Eric (the Eel) Moussambani may have led all competitors in autographs signed at the worlds. He also showed improvement in the pool: Moussambani, who had swum only in a crocodile-infested river before flailing his way to a last-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle at the Sydney Olympics, defeated three of 91 swimmers in the 50 free, his only event in Fukuoka....
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August 06, 2001

Making Waves

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With a cult status rivaling that of Eddie (the Eagle) Edwards, Equatorial Guinea's Eric (the Eel) Moussambani may have led all competitors in autographs signed at the worlds. He also showed improvement in the pool: Moussambani, who had swum only in a crocodile-infested river before flailing his way to a last-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle at the Sydney Olympics, defeated three of 91 swimmers in the 50 free, his only event in Fukuoka....

China continued its dominance in diving, winning medals in all 10 events, including eight golds....

After 10 silvers and 22 bronzes, Japan earned its first world or Olympic gold in synchronized swimming when Miya Tachibana and Miho Takeda won the duet....

Sven Lodziewski, a 37-year-old German doctor who last made a world team in 1986, won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay. Ian Thorpe hadn't been born when Lodziewski competed at his first worlds, in '82....

Montreal beat out Long Beach, Calif., for the right to host the 2005 worlds. Barcelona will be the host in 2003....

U.S. freestyler Lindsay Benko, who won a relay gold in Sydney, didn't compete after fracturing her kneecap by banging it on a ledge of a Fukuoka training pool while jumping in with her back to the water....

Russian star Alexander Popov, an IOC member, missed the worlds because of tonsillitis....

These championships marked the first time a portable pool was used for a major international long-course (50-meter-pool) competition....

Thorpe's record assault overshadowed the performances of the Netherlands' Inge de Bruijn, who took home three gold medals, and Anthony Ervin of the U.S., who won both sprint freestyle events.

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