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On the Road to Beijing…Hall is still there

In the final burst of competition at the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational, Gary Hall Jr., the 10-time Olympic medalist, once again signaled that he is — like the midwestern weather — a force with which to be reckoned. In the men’s 50m sprint, Nathan Adrian, a 19-year-old taking time off from the University of California to train with Hall in South Florida, touched first in 22.01 seconds. But Hall, now 33, came in second, in 22.20, “my best time in a while,” he declared. South African Roland Schoeman, the bronze medalist in the 50m free at the 2004 Athens Olympics, finished third, in 22.23.

Sprinter Gary Hall Jr. has won 10 Olympic medals. He raced in Omaha Sunday and posted the second-best 50m time among his peers competing at meets around the United States.

 

Sprinter Gary Hall Jr. has won 10 Olympic medals. He raced in Omaha Sunday and posted the second-best 50m time among his peers competing at meets around the United States.

Gary Hall Jr. isn’t ready to pass the torch, but he’ll gladly tell you that Nathan Adrian is next in line to assume the title of fastest American in the 50-meter freestyle.

“He’s the kid. He’s the one to watch,” Hall said. “He’s just going to continue to improve. He’s the whole package. Some people have the mental aspect. He’s got the strength, the feel, the technique and a good head on his shoulders.”

If Hall makes it through trials, he likes his chances of successfully defending his title in Beijing.

“I feel all right, especially after tonight,” Hall said. “These are world-class swimmers you’re going to see in the finals of the Olympic Games. I’ve beaten a lot of them. That’s something to feel good about at this advanced stage.”

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June 18, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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