Hansen finishes among top eight in 100m breaststroke semifinals
July 28, 2012
LONDON -- Brendan Hansen qualified for his third Olympic final in the 100m breaststroke on Saturday at the Aquatics Centre with a 59.78 swim in the semifinals.
The top eight after the semifinal round advanced to the Olympic final, which is to be contested on Sunday at 2:08 p.m. CT.
Hansen swam in the second lane during the first of two semifinal heats. He clocked a 27.96 split after the first 50 meters and finished sixth overall in his heat. Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the heat with a time of 58.83, an Olympic record.
Hansen entered Saturday’s semifinal with the 10th-fastest time after the morning’s qualifying round. The two-time Olympic gold medalist swam a 59.93 in his heat to qualify among the top 16 after the six heats. Hansen was one of 12 to finish in less than one minute.
In 2004, Hansen claimed a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke, and he finished fourth in 2008.
The men’s breaststroke semifinals will be featured in Saturday night’s tape delayed primetime telecast on NBC.
London Olympics 2012
1. van der Burgh (South Africa), 58.83 OR