Swimming: Vollmer brings home more medals for Arlen

Mon Aug 8, 2016 2:17am EDT
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - With her son's name Arlen written on her foot, Dana Vollmer dove into Rio De Janeiro's Olympic Aquatics Stadium pool on Sunday and less than a minute later she became the second American woman to win an Olympic swimming medal after having a baby.

Vollmer clinched bronze in the 100 meters butterfly, surrendering her London 2012 title to an impressive Sarah Sjostrom, who clocked a world record of 55.48 seconds.

Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak took the silver, leaving the American a well-beaten but happy third behind the Swede.

"She kind of kicked my butt," smiled Vollmer, who joins Dara Torres as the only American women to reach the swimming podium after having a child.

"To make a comeback like this I had to dream big and you can't get bigger than saying you want to race Sarah.

"When it came down to it I wanted to dive into the pool and give it everything I had and had no regrets.

"I wrote Arlen on my foot for this race, I missed him a lot today.

"I can either spend energy being sad or I can use that energy to make him really proud whenever he watches this one day.

"I want him to be proud of mommy."   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Victory Ceremony - Women's 100m Butterfly Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/08/2016.  Dana Vollmer (USA) of USA poses with her medal       REUTERS/David Gray