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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Olympic Veteran Captures U.S. Freestyle Win

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- The old man of swimming, Tom Jager, has won the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming championship.


Jager, 29, the three-time Olympian and world record holder in the event with a time of 21.81, won the event Thursday in 22.33 in the world's second fastest time this year.


It was Jager's ninth career victory in the 50-meter freestyle -- in which he holds four of the world's top 10 times.


"I am staying in this sport purely to compete in the Olympics," Jager said. "No male swimmer has ever been to four Olympics; I'd like to be the first."


Janet Evans, 22, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 800-meter freestyle, won the event in 8:30.82. It was her 41st national title and her 11th in the event. It was her second win of the meet. Evans also won the 400-meter freestyle earlier in the week.


Turkey-born Ugur Taner, 20, now a U.S. citizen, won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.04. He earned a bronze medal in last summer's Pan Pacific Championships in the 200-meter freestyle. Florida schoolgirl Allison Wagner, 17, won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.88, second fastest time in the world.meet. Jeff Rouse, 24, won the 100-meter backstroke in 54.79.