Nathan Adrian was America's best chance for an Olympic medal in the men's 100 meter freestyle, and he didn't disappoint. Adrian posted some of the faster times in the heats and semifinals, and then he ran an excellent race in the final. Adrian was third at the turn, and then he and James Magnussen just gained a little separation from the rest of the field. Although it looked like Magnussen was going to end up pulling this one out, it was Adrian who just out-touched him at the wall for Olympic individual gold.
This is Adrian's second medal of these Olympics; he already won a silver as part of the men's 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay for the United States along with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones.
This is Cal's third individual medal at these games. Dana Vollmer has already won the 100 meter butterfly gold, Caitlin Leverenz captured the bronze in the 200 meter individual medley.
You can check out SI's complete medal tracker here.
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