Team USA's Nathan Adrian Edges James Magnussen To Win Gold In Men's 100m Freestyle Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Nathan Adrian of the United States celebrates after he won the Final of the Men's 100m Freestyle on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Nathan Adrian won another U.S. gold in the pool on Wednesday, winning a thrilling 100m freestyle over James Magnussen by .01 seconds.

Australia's James Magnussen was the favorite heading into the men's 100m freestyle and Yannick Agnel of France had looked like the best sprinter of the 2012 Olympics. But the American, Nathan Adrian, staged a massive upset by one of the slimmest margins in Olympic history to win gold.

Adrian beat Magnussen at the wall by a mere .01 seconds, 47.52 to 47.53, and won America's first gold medal in the event since 1988.

Brazil's Cesar Cielo led at the 50-meter mark, but faded as Magnussen took charge shortly after the turn. Adrian ran him down in the last 25 meters, however, catching him at the last moment and winning by about a fingertip, the same margin that Michael Phelps beat Milorad Cavic by in the memorable 200m butterfly in the 2008 Olympics.

Canada's Brent Hayden took third in 47.80. Agnel was fourth at 47.84. Cielo, the world record-holder in the event, finished in sixth.

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