Aug. 3, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain - Former Auburn swimmer Cesar Cielo captured his third-straight gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the FINA World Championships on Saturday, sharing the podium with another former Tiger, George Bovell, who won bronze.
Cielo, representing his native Brazil, won his second gold medal of the 2013 World Championships, clocking a 21.32 to hold off Russia's Vlad Morozov - who broke Cielo's NCAA record in the 100-yard free in March - by 0.15 seconds. Cielo also defended his 50-meter butterfly gold medal earlier in the week.
"I'm ecstatic, I feel as if I'm dreaming," Cielo said. "This is just the first step towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio. I really didn't think I'd won when I touched the wall. I could only see the guys either side of me, so it was a great surprise."
Bovell (Trinidad & Tobago) earned his first career long-course World Championship medal with a third-place time of 21.51. A third former Tiger, Fred Bousquet of France, finished eighth in the final with a time of 21.93.
In other Auburn action, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Bahamas) advanced to the semifinals of the women's 50m freestyle, where she finished 15th overall with a time of 25.24. She swam a time of 25.15 in the morning for the 13th-best time in the preliminary heats.
Auburn swimmers have won a total of five medals at the 2013 World Championships. Cielo won gold in the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle, Bousquet won bronze in the 50m fly, Bovell took bronze in the 50m free, and Micah Lawrence won bronze in the women's 200m breaststroke.