Swimming: France's Lacourt claims 50m backstroke gold

BARCELONA (AFP) - Camille Lacourt won the men's 50 metres backstroke gold at the swimming world championships on Sunday with French team-mate Jeremy Stravius and the USA's Matt Grevers tying for second place.

Lacourt, who shared the world 100m backstroke title with Stravius in 2011, touched the wall at 24.42sec, just ahead of Stravius and Grevers who were both 0.08sec back.

And the 28-year-old was delighted to once again share the podium with Stravius, who continued his fine meet after gold in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 100m backstroke.

"Well I always said that we would finish one and two," a delighted Lacourt said afterwards.

And he claimed that the gold made up for the disappointment of finishing fifth in the 100m earlier in the week.

"It's wonderful, even more special after what has gone before for me and very important for me personally aside from the joy I feel for having led home a one-two for France."

Olympic champion Grevers was also picking up his second medal of the meet after winning the 100m backstroke on Tuesday.