SYDNEY -- University of Georgia swimmer Kristy Kowal won a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics Thursday night.
Kowal took the silver in the women's 200-meter breastroke. She lead most of the race, only to lose to Hugarian swimmer Anges Kovacs in the last 30 meters. Kovacs became the first Hungarian to win gold in the event since Eva Szekely in 1952.
"I know I put the work in, and that's what helped me get the medal," said Kowal. "I just wanted to come here and get a medal, so this makes up for all the disappointments I have had in my career. This makes up for them all and erases them all away."
Kovacs winning time was 2:24.35. Kowal swam the distance in 2:24.56, barely missing the gold. American Amanda Beard took the bronze medal by one one-hundredth of a second over Ql Hui of China.