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Coan, Griswold Win Second Gold Medals in London

By Olivia Truby | Sept. 14, 2019, 6 p.m. (ET)

McKenzie Coan celebrates at the World Para Swimming Championships on Sept. 14, 2019 in London.


LONDON - McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville, Georgia) and Robert Griswold (Freehold, New Jersey) led Team USA in a four-medal night on the penultimate day of the World Para Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Center in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Highlights from the pool

Three years in the making- Coan added another gold medal to her resume from London, winning the world title in the women’s 100-meter freestyle S7 and finishing in a personal-best time of 1:08.83. She surpassed her goal of breaking 1:09.00, a goal she’s been striving for since the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

Finishing strong- Griswold ended his competition in London by capturing his second world title in the men’s 200 individual medley SM8. He finished in first place with a Pan American record of 2:22.72, but was disqualified shortly after. Team USA successfully protested the disqualification and the initial result was reinstated. Griswold leaves London with two gold medals and one silver medal.

Baltimore natives- Baltimore natives Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) and Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) each concluded their individual racing with hardware. Long swam to the silver medal in the women’s 200 IM SM8 (2:40.26), while Meyers took home the bronze in the women’s 100 butterfly S13 (1:04.41).

Team USA Results

Overall: 29 medals (11 golds, 13 silvers, 5 bronzes)

Sept. 14: 4 medals (2 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

Gold (2): McKenzie Coan(Clarkesville, Ga.), women’s 100 free S7 (1:08.83);Robert Griswold(Freehold, N.J.), men’s 200 IM SM8 (2:22.72)

Silver (1): Jessica Long(Baltimore, Md.), women’s 200 IM SM8 (2:40.26)

Bronze (1): Becca Meyers(Baltimore, Md.), women’s 100 fly S13 (1:04.41)

Full results can be found on the World Para Swimming Championships website.

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McKenzie Coan
“I can’t even describe what I’m feeling. Right before we dove in, I thought about how much I wanted that and how much I’ve been chasing to get under that 1:09 since Rio. I dove in and everything came together. That’s what we train for right there, day in and day out. That right there, and it happened. I’m really happy.”

Robert Griswold
“I’m feeling elated and relieved. We had an interesting situation but we let the officials figure it out, let the teams figure it out and let the process work. It was hard on everyone who was in that race to not know what the result was. I’m just happy to have that resolved and be able to finish these world championships really strong. I’m just really happy to be here. I’m really thankful for this being such a great world championships and everyone who has come together to put this together. It’s been absolutely amazing.”

Looking Forward

Competition concludes tomorrow with 12 U.S. athletes looking to take home individual medals on the final day of competition. The full schedule can be found here.

How to Watch

Fans can watch coverage of Sunday’s finals sessions on the Olympic Channel on tape delay beginning at 5 p.m. ET, with additional streaming online at NBCSports.com/Liveor through the NBC Sports app.

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