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Thompson fails in bid for first individual gold

Updated: August 21, 2004, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands won the 50-meter freestyle for the second consecutive Olympics on Saturday night.

De Bruijn's time of 24.58 seconds was 26-hundredths of a second slower than her winning time at the Sydney Games. Malia Metella of France earned silver in 24.89 and Lisbeth Lenton of Australia took bronze in 24.91.

De Bruijn became the first woman to win consecutive sprint titles since the event was added to the Olympic program in 1988.

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