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August 9, 2008 8:15 PM

Saturday Nightcap: Gold for Phelps; silver for Silver

Posted by Ron Judd

At the Water Cube:

-- The Netherlands nips the U.S. in the women's 4 x 100 freestyle relay. America's Natalie Coughlin, leads off, and led at 50 meters, but faded badly in the last 25 meters of her leg to give Germany a lead at 100 meters. Lacey Nymeyer closed the gap for the U.S., giving way to Kara Lynn Joyce and, ultimately, Dara Torres, who made a blistering comeback that fell short as the Dutch pulled away in the final two legs.

Bainbridge swimmer Emily Silver, whose preliminary heat swim help put the U.S. into the final, earns the silver medal and becomes the first Washington state medalist in Bejing.

The Dutch held the world record in the event, but had not won the event at the Olympics since 1936. Australia takes the bronze.

-- Brendan Hansen qualifies fifth in the 100 breast, rallying a bit after his 10th-place prelim swim. Final tomorrow.

-- Katie Hoff, in the start of her quest for six medals, swims to a bronze in the women's 400m IM, won by Stephanie Rice of Australia in world-record time.

-- Michael Phelps, once again destroying his own WR, wins the 400 IM in 4:03.84. Teammate Ryan Lochte, sonsidered a possible threat to Phelps, claims the bronze at 4:08.09. Cseh Laszlo of Hungary wins silver at 4:06.16.

-- Park Tae Hwan of South Korea wins the men's 400 freestyle, swimming 3:41.86. Zhang Lin of China wins silver; Larsen Jensen of the U.S. bronze.

At the International Broadcast Center:

Bob Costas capped off the night with a nice gaffe: They cut back to him in the studio when he was standing there with his clip-on microphone still in his hand. Costas quipped about "you know it's live when ..." and then, still holding the mic, went about interviewing gymnastics commentator Bela Karolyi -- until it quickly became obvious Karolyi had no microphone at all.

Oh well. We'll be interested to see if they cut the entire bit of hilarity out for the West Coast broadcast.

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