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Shanteau will make his second trip to the Olympics. He memorably competed in Beijing in 2008 against doctors’ orders after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, finishing in 10th place in the 200-meter breaststroke. The decision allowed his father, Richard, to watch him compete in China before the elder Shanteau died of lung cancer in 2010. Eric Shanteau will not be competing in his preferred 200 backstroke, however, in London. He and co-favorite Brendan Hansen both finished out of the top two in that event behind Scott Weltz and Clark Burckle, with Shanteau being edged out by the touch of Burckle for second place. Instead, Shanteau finished second to Hansen as both men qualified in the 100 backstroke. Shanteau has earned two golds and a bronze over three appearances in the world championships, most recently taking home gold as part of the 400 medley relay team in 2011. He finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke last year at the worlds and at nationals.
Anderson wins 5K open water title
American swimmer Haley Anderson won the 5-kilometer open water race Saturday to take the first gold medal of the swimming world championships.
Esther Williams dies at 91
Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.
Swim coach sentenced for sex abuse
A Virginia man who was once one of the nation's most prominent swimming coaches has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed.
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