Cullen Jones earns title of 'America's fastest swimmer,' headed to Olympics
Cullen Jones, a 2011 member of TheGrio’s 100, is headed back the Olympics. Jones earned the honor of ‘America’s fastest swimmer’ Sunday night in the U.S. Men’s swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Jones bested Anthony Evans by 1/100th of a second to take the top spot in men’s 50 freestyle. The Charlotte Observer has more on the former North Carolina State star:
Cullen Jones wrapped up what he called “definitely the best meet of my life” by becoming the fastest swimmer in America once again Sunday night.
Jones, a former N.C. State star and Charlotte resident since 2008, won swimming’s “splash and dash race” – the men’s 50 freestyle – in 21.59 seconds at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. The winning margin was about the length of a thumbnail, as Jones edged Anthony Ervin (21.60) by 1/100th of a second.
“I’ve been dreaming of this forever, of qualifying for two individual events in the Olympics,” Jones said in response to a reporter’s question. “The only thing different is that, in my dream, I’m giving better answers.”
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