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Friendship makes 100 backstroke 1-2 all the sweeter

07-31-2012 06:06 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Men's 100-meter breaststroke champion Matthew Grievers believes there is nothing better than sharing success with friends and he was able to do just that as he enjoyed a first, second double with fellow American, Nick Thoman, who took the silver medal in the race.

The silver medal winner in Beijing four years ago, Grevers said that he and Thoman had long thought of the possibility of an Olympic double.

"It's been something we have mentioned and we have both thought of it," he said.

"We are both good back-stroke swimmers and the celebration was all the better for the result," he said, adding that he hoped Thoman could succeed him in 2016.

"It was great for me to get silver in 2008 after Adam Pearson, who was the best in the world back then, maybe in four years Nick can take gold and there will be another youngster winning silver," he said.

However, the 27 year-old said that he was not thinking of retirement just yet.

"I am going to try to continue, but I am getting older and there are some up and coming stars, it is tough to make the team and tough to win a medal, but we will give it a go," he said, before explaining how cutting fizzy drinks out of his diet had made him a better swimmer.

"I have got stronger in the last year. I used to drink soda, it was an addiction I was told to stop drinking it as it has too much sugar and I have done that," he said. "Now I am lighter and also stronger, that is a good combination," he said.

Thorman also highlighted his friendship with the gold medal winner.

"Matt and I have known each other for 12 years. We are friends then team-mates and then competitors, when I saw he won, I swam across two lanes and gave him a hug," he said.

Swimming runs in the family for Thorman, whose grandfather Richard set a world backstroke record in 1952. He explained his grandfather had some of the responsibility for his win.

"He was influential in getting me swimming very young, I have been swimming for as long as I remember and in a team since I was 4 years old," said the silver medalist.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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