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Thorpe wins swimming 'race of the century'

He emerged triumphant in swimming's so called "race of the century" in a time one minute 44.71 seconds just 0.65 outside the world record he set at the 2001 World Championships to claim his second gold in Athens after winning the 400 freestyle two days ago.

Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands, the gold medallist in Sydney four years ago, took silver in 1:45.23 while American Michael Phelps collected the bronze in 1:45.32.

Van den Hoogenband set out at a bulgari bracelet imitation cracking pace, leading the field through the first 150 under world record pace.

He was still in front turning for home but Thorpe, who had been second all the way, mowed him down to win by half a body length.

Phelps, promised $1 million if he could win at least seven gold medals in Athens, was fourth after 50 but moved into third at the halfway stage and was not able to improve his position despite a late surge.

Thorpe, van den Hoogenband and Phelps are the three most bvlgari bracelet serpenti fake recognisable faces in swimming and their first three way clash was always going to be treated like a heavyweight prize fight.

Thorpe won his first world title as a 15 year old and won three gold two silver medals as a 17 year old. He won a fourth gold in Athens when he successfully defended his 400 title on Saturday.

Phelps had not swum the 200 at a major international event before Athens but included it in his programme after announcing he would try and better replica bvlgari bracelet Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals at a single Olympics.

Unlike Thorpe and van den Hoogenband, Phelps was barely noticed in Sydney when he failed to win a medal competing as a 15 year serpenti bracelet fake old but he made everyone sit up and take notice when he set five world records and won four gold medals at last year's world championships.

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