OMAHA, Nebraska – Brendan Hansen capped his comeback by earning another trip to the Olympics, winning the 100-meter breaststroke at the US swimming trials.
The 30-year-old Hansen, who retired from the sport after the Beijing Games, rallied over the final lap for a time of 59.68 seconds, giving him a chance to make up for the disappointment of the past two Olympics.
Hansen was one of the world’s top breaststrokers leading up to both Athens and Beijing, but has yet to win an individual gold. He’ll get a third chance in London.
Eric Shanteau is also heading back to the Olympics. Four years ago, he made the team shortly after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Shanteau was fourth at the turn, but he turned on the speed heading for the wall and got second in 1 minute, 0.15 seconds.
Dana Vollmer, a gold medalist as a teenager in 2004, missed out on the team four years ago while battling injuries and health problems. She got off to a blistering start Tuesday and soared through the water to easily win the 100 butterfly.
And there was another memorable race between Lochte and Phelps. One night after Lochte beat Phelps in the 400 individual medley, Lochte edged him out again in the semifinals of the 200 freestyle. — AP