LONDON -- Two finals and two medals for the United States.
Peter Vanderkaay, of Rochester, Mich., took third in the star-studded men's 400-meter freestyle Saturday, in 3:44.69. He was 4.55 behind the gold-medalist, Yang Sun of China, who won in 3:40.14.
South Korea's Taehwan Park, the Olympic champion four years ago, took the silver in 3:42.06.
Park had a strange path to the podium, having originally been disqualified for a false start in the morning heats. This paved the way for the ninth-place finisher in the preliminaries, Ryan Cochrane of Canada, to make the eight-man final.
But several hours and one appeal later, Park was back in Saturday's final and Cochrane was out.
The reason for the reversal was unclear. On Saturday, FINA, swimming's governing body, issued a statement, which was murky even by its often mysterious standards. It read in part: