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Clary has his ticket

Clary has his ticket

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 7:00 pm

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP National Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tyler Clary touched the wall, ripped off his goggles and whipped around to check out the scoreboard.
He liked what he saw: a “2” beside his name.
Clary rallied to finish second in the 200-meter butterfly Thursday night, earning a trip to his first Olympics. The result was even more satisfying given what happened on the first night of the U.S. swimming trials — a third-place finish in the 400 individual medley, which cost him a chance to swim his best event in London.
“You really have to experience it to understand it,” Clary said. “Imagine training for not just four years but for six, seven, sometimes eight years to make one Olympic team, and to come here and make everything come together in one week.
It’s like the biggest endorphin rush you could ever experience and the biggest explosion of serotonin in your head. I’m on cloud nine right now.”
What a change from Monday. Clary was a silver medalist in the 400 IM at last year’s world championships, finishing behind only fellow American Ryan Lochte. Michael Phelps had given up the event, but he began swimming it again this year, looking to defend his back-to-back Olympic titles.
Lochte and Phelps went 1-2 at the trials, leaving Clary on the outside.
But he bounced back in the 200 fly, edging Bobby Bollier for the second spot. When Clary saw the result, he pumped his fist several times and pounded the water.
Published in The Messenger 6.29.12

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