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Beard rolls to win in 200 breaststroke

Updated: August 19, 2004, 4:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- American Amanda Beard won her first individual Olympic gold medal Thursday night, holding off Australian Leisel Jones in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Beard won in an Olympic-record time of 2 minutes, 23.37 seconds -- 0.23 seconds better than Jones, who was under world-record pace for the first 150 meters.

"I don't think the smile will come off my face for a while," the three-time Olympian said.

Jones took silver in 2:23.60. Anne Poleska of Germany earned bronze ...

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