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American Cullen Jones takes second in 50-meter freestyle

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer
Jones, left, congratulates Brazil's Cesar Cielo. Both finished their race with hardware in hand. (US Presswire)

The U.S. had what will be its best day in the pool at the 2012 Games Friday, as American Cullen Jones wrapped up the final final, winning silver. It means the U.S. was thisclose to sweeping all four medal events, instead going three-for-four on golds.

Has it become this good for the U.S. and this bad for the rest of the world? Apparently. Swimming has always, by and large, been lorded over by Red, White and Blue, but the point was really hammered home Friday after the quarter of medal races featured so much dominance by American swimmers.

Michael Phelps won his final individual meet ever, the 100-meter butterfly.

Missy Franklin has most definitely arrived after she shattered a world mark in the 200-meter back.

And Katie Ledecky can stand next to Franklin, as the two are the female swimmers of the future. Ledecky took top spot in the 800-meter free.

As for Jones, he's just shy of being the fastest swimmer on Earth. He touched the wall in 21.54, .20 seconds behind gold medal winner Florent Manadou (France). Bronze went to Brazil's Cesar Cielo (21.59).

The 50-free final for the men means only the women's 50-meter free remains for individual events in the pool at this year's Games. The weekend brings about the final medals, and the rest are all relays. Phelps will swim one last time, hoping to reach 22 overall medals and 18 golds, in Saturday's 4x100 freestyle relay.

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