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Patrick B. Kraemer  /  EPA
Alain Bernard of France makes a fist as he celebrates his gold medal win in the men's 100m freestyle at the National Aquatic Center in Beijing, on Aug. 14.
updated 8/13/2008 10:57:52 PM ET 2008-08-14T02:57:52

Alain Bernard of France has won the 100-meter freestyle at the Beijing Olympics, beating out world record-holder Eamon Sullivan of Australia.

Bernard touched in 47.21 seconds Thursday morning, with Sullivan taking the silver in 47.32

American Jason Lezak and Cesar Cielo of Brazil tied for the bronze in 47.67. Two-time defending champion Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands was fifth in 47.75.

Bernard avenged his loss to Lezak on the anchor leg of the 400 freestyle relay Monday, when the 32-year-old American outtouched Bernard at the wall. That preserved Michael Phelps’ bid to win eight gold medals at these games.

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