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Locals Bryant, Grevers Shine in London

Springfield native Kelci Bryant brought home Illinois' first Olympic medal in the London Games



    Locals Bryant, Grevers Shine in London
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Kelci Bryant (Top) and Abigail Johnston of the United States compete in the Women's Synchronised 3m Springboard final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre at Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

    Illinois had a lot to be proud of Sunday in London's Olympic aquatic center.

    Diver Kelci Bryant, 23, a native of Springfield, brought home the first medal for Illinois Sunday in the 2012 London Games. Bryant and her partner Abby Johnston from Ohio won the silver medal in the women's 3-meter synchronized diving.

    It's the first time Americans have won a medal in the event since it was introduced in 2000. Before their win, the United States was zero for 12 in attempts for medals in that event.

    "It's a dream come true," Bryant told NBC Chicago after the medal ceremony. "It's amazing, I'm still kind of in shock."

    Matt Grevers also swam to win Sunday. The Lake Forest native had the best time in the 100-meter backstroke semifinals Sunday, earning him a spot in the Monday finals.

    Grevers was the only swimmer to break 53 seconds, but come Monday he'll have to hold off world champion Camille Lacourt of France.

    Grevers took home a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and set an Olympic record in the men's 100 backstroke, swimming the fastest of anyone at the Olympics.