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Janet Evans qualifies for 800 Olympic swim trials

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POSTED January 15, 2012 7:37 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Janet Evans qualified for the Olympic trials in the 800-meter freestyle Sunday, her second qualifying time in two days in her comeback bid.

The 40-year-old Evans finished in 8 minutes, 49.05 seconds at the Austin Grand Prix. Evans, who still owns the American record set in 1989, won the race by more than 14 seconds.

"This is my first big event with fast kids since 1996," she said. "I felt really good starting off, especially in the first 400 (meters)."

The mother of two also posted an Olympic-trial qualifying time in the 400 freestyle on Friday.

Evans was 17 when she set the world record in the 400, one of three gold medals she won at the 1988 Seoul Games. She later set world marks in 800 and 1,500 freestyle and retired after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

"It was always my best event," she said about the 800. "I remember what I've accomplished and what I've done, but it doesn't affect me now. It was so long ago."

The U.S. Olympic trials begin in June, followed by the London Games in July.

Michael Phelps finished the meet with his third victory of the week, winning the 200 individual medley

in 1:58.82. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist also won the consolation final in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.67 and was third in the 100 backstroke — all in a 50-minute span.

In the 100 backstroke, Phelps swam the entire race in third despite a late burst and finished in 54.09 seconds, behind David Plummer (54.02) and and Matt Grevers (53.55).

Phelps swam the 200 medley in the lane next to Ryan Lochte, the world-record holder in the event. Lochte finished second in 2:00.30.

Teen star Missy Franklin won the women's 100 backstroke in 59.92. She won the 200 backstroke Saturday.

Franklin finished fifth in her other race Sunday, the 200 individual medley. Natalie Coughlin won the race in 2:12.44. Taking part in her first long course meet since the 2011 FINA world championships in

Shanghai, Coughlin fought off fellow American Olympian Katie Hoff to win by a half-second.

In other races, Camile Adams won the women's 200 butterfly (2:06.76), Rebecca Soni took the 100 breaststroke (1:06.88), and Allison Schmitt won the 800 freestyle (8:31.94).

On the men's side, Sebastien Rousseau won the 200 butterfly (2:00.83), Mark Gangloff took the 100 breaststroke (1:01.08) and Michael Klueh won the 1,500 freestyle (15:25.33).

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