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South African swimmers Townsend, Basson go for the gold

Updated: August 5, 2008, 12:56 PM ET
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | Special to ESPN.com

Darian Townsend, who grew up in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, was a member of the 4x100 freestyle relay team that shocked the world (and Michael Phelps) when they captured gold and set a new world record at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Since then, Townsend has joined the University of Florida and now University of Arizona swim teams, following a growing trend of South Africans training in the United States.

Townsend and his Arizona teammate, fellow countryman Jean Basson recently ...

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