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Luo wins 8th Olympic gold for China
Updated: 2004-08-16 23:01

Triple world champion Luo Xuejuan led the field to win the women's 100m breaststroke title Monday in the Olympic swimming pool.

Chinese swimmer Luo Xuejuan competes in her final of the women's 100 metres breaststroke at the Olympic Aquatics Center in Athens, August 16, 2004. [Reuters]
The 20-year-old Chinese rushed to win in an Olympic record timeof one minute 6.64 seconds, missing the world record by 0.27.

"This is the most unforgettable moment in my life. I just want to thank the people who always support me," said a tearful Luo after taking the first swimming gold for China at the Athens Olympics.

"I told her before we came here that you were the best in the world and no one could beat you," said Luo's coach Zhang Yadong.

"She is the strongest competitor in the field and she deserves the win," he added.

Luo defended successfully her 50m and 100m breaststroke titles and became a member of the winning 4x100m medley relay team at last year's Barcelona world championships.

Barcelona world silver medalist Brooke Hanson of Australia finished second in 1:07.15 while world record holder Leisel Jones of Australia took bronze in 1:07.16.

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