Ryan Lochte beats Michael Phelps in 200-meter freestyle
Ryan Lochte was faster than Michael Phelps in Tuesday's semifinals. Lochte and Phelps meet again Wednesday night in the finals of the 200-meter freestyle.
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Hardy won the 100 breast at trials four years ago only to lose her spot on the Olympic team because of a failed doping test. She served a one-year ban after an arbitration panel agreed with her contention that a tainted nutritional supplement was to blame for her positive test.Skip to next paragraph
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She battled anger and depression during the fight to clear her name.
"This is the first time I felt like I can actually have a happy ending," she said. "I can relax and finally have fun and feel grateful."
Matt Grevers is the favorite in the men's 100 backstroke final on Wednesday, going in with the top semifinal time of 53.10. Lochte had the second-quickest time in prelims, but he dropped out of the semis to focus on his next final against Phelps.
Brendan Hansen capped his comeback with a victory in the 100 breast, earning a spot in his third straight Olympics.
He won in 59.68.
Hansen is relishing having another shot at Japanese star Kosuke Kitajima, who swept both breast events at the last two Olympics and is in Omaha for the trials so he could keep up his training under American coach Dave Salo.
"It's cool that he got to see me swim," Hansen said. "Somewhere deep down, he's got to know I'm the only guy to beat him the last 10 years. That might carry some weight."
Hansen retired from the sport after the Beijing Games, having been disappointed in two straight Olympics. He took silver and bronze in the two breast events at Athens and was shut out of an individual medal in China.
"I don't know if my body language has shown it or not, but this is exactly where I want to be," he said.
"In 2008, I didn't really want to be here anymore, I was kind of worn down by the whole idea. Now I'm just having so much fun with it and I feel like I'm running on borrowed time. I'm just really proud of myself for saying that I was going to come back and then actually come back and be back."
Hansen will be joined on the team by Eric Shanteau, who specializes in the 200 breast but claimed the second spot in the 100 in 1:00.15.
Four years ago, Shanteau beat out Hansen for an individual spot on the team shortly after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. He put off treatment until after the games and has been healthy ever since.
"I've been back and forth with that event for so long," Shanteau said. "It's nice having it all come together when it counts the most."
Dana Vollmer, a gold medalist as a teenager in 2004, missed out on the team four years ago while battling injuries and health problems, but will go to London after her win in the 100 butterfly.
Vollmer was more than a half-second under world-record pace at the turn, but she faded on the return lap. But she had built such a commanding lead that she was a full body length ahead when she touched in 56.50.
Claire Donahue claimed the second spot for London in 57.57.
Also claiming a spot on the Olympic team was Allison Schmitt, who got off to a huge lead in the 400 free and held on to win in 4:02.84. Chloe Sutton earned the second spot in 4:04.18.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.