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Evans’ Olympic Comeback Bid Gets Serious In Austin

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AUSTIN (AP) – Janet Evans’ Olympic comeback bid at age 40 is about to get serious.

The former gold medal winner and world record holder is trying to qualify for the London Olympics. She is scheduled to race the 400 and 800-meter freestyle Friday and Sunday at the Austin Grand Prix. Those will be her first races against elite competition since retiring in 1996.

Many of the United States’ and the world’s top swimmers will be competing this weekend, including 14-time gold medalist Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and 17-year-old Missy Franklin.

Evans was 17 when she set the world record in the 400 freestyle, one of three gold medals she won at the 1988 Seoul Games.

Evans’ coach says her goal in Austin is to qualify for the Olympic trials in June.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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