Battling what she called a “sinus, head, lungs thing,” former Granbury resident Dana Vollmer fought her way to a bronze medal at the 15th Fina World Championships in Palau Sant Jordi, Spain Monday.
“The past two days I’ve been feeling sick,” said Vollmer, an Olympic swim champion. “It’s just kind of bad luck. I’m not one to get sick at meets.
“I had an amazing week of training last week.”
Vollmer’s time of 57.24 seconds in the finals of the 100-meter butterfly Monday was well off her world-record performance of 55.98 seconds she set in winning a gold medal at last summer’s Olympics in London. Still, she said given her physical circumstances, she’s content capturing bronze.
“I’m happy with that,” said the former Granbury SEAL, who now lives in the San Francisco area.
Vollmer finished behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who won the gold with a time of 56.53 and silver medalist Alicia Counts of Australia with 56.97. She narrowly edged Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray, who posted a 57.27, for the bronze medal.
In the preliminaries, Vollmer entered as the top seed and swam a 57.22 to Sjostrom’s 57.28. In the semifinals, however, Vollmer slipped to a time of 57.84, and Sjostrom improved to a 57.10.
Sjostrom had previously held the world record with a time of 56.06 before Vollmer’s performance in the Olympics.
Vollmer said her performance in Spain was a reminder that, “No matter how bad I feel, I can still get up there and lay it on the line for a minute.
“That’s what I kept telling myself. I can get up there and give it my all, pull it together for those 57 seconds.”
In addition to winning an individual gold medal in London last summer, Vollmer was also a part of two gold medal-winning relays. The 400-meter medley relay had a world-record time of 3:52.05.
Vollmer also won gold in the 2004 Olympics as part of the 800 freestyle relay. She is one of only 13 women to hav four or more Olympic gold medals.
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