US swimmer Torres attempts for fifth Olympics at age 41

July 3rd, 2008 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 3 (DPA) American swimmer Dara Torres’ attempt to make it to the Olympic team begins Thursday. If the 41-year-old mother of one succeeds, she will become the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympics. On Thursday, Torres is to swim in the 100-metre freestyle preliminaries and semifinals.

Over the weekend, she will compete in the 50-metre freestyle event, which will be her best chance of becoming the oldest female swimming qualifier in Olympic history, according to a report in Dallas Morning News.

This will also be Torres’ second comeback. She competed in the 2000 Olympics after a seven-year retirement, and won five medals. She became a mother in April 2006, and then started planning another comeback.

“Everyone says I should be used to this. But I feel like I’m 16, getting ready for my first trials,” the report quoted Torres as saying. “I’m nervous. I’m excited. I can’t wait to stand up and compete.”

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