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Topic - Cullen Jones
Ryan Lochte grabbed at the edge of the pool, head down, staring at the water. Michael Phelps glared at the scoreboard, trying to digest the first silver medal of his Olympic career.
Janet Evans finished 53rd out of 65 swimmers in the 800-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. trials on Saturday, ending the former Olympic champion's comeback at age 40 with a smile on her face.
Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones visited Washington on Tuesday to urge Capitol Hill lawmakers and others to help reduce the number of childhood drownings, particularly among blacks, who are roughly three times more likely to die in such accidents.
"In 2008, I had really salty taste in mouth," he said. "In prelims I got the American record. Then I got second in the semis. Unfortunately, third in the finals. I'm gunning for that first place."
"I don't want to turn around," he said. "One shot, that's it."