Hardy claims third medal in 50 free

Updated: August 8, 2009, 10:34 PM ET
Associated Press

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Jessica Hardy won the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships on Saturday, narrowly edging Lara Jackson.

Hardy finished in 24.90 seconds, with Jackson at 24.93. It was Hardy's third medal of the week. Samantha Woodward placed third with a time of 25.29.

Hardy broke the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday night with a time of 1:04.45.

She set the world record in the 50 breaststroke with a split of 29.95 seconds in a 100 breaststroke time trial on Thursday. Hardy took second in the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday.

Hardy is competing for the first time since serving a one-year ban because of a failed drug test that caused her to drop off the U.S. Olympic team last year.

In May, an arbitration panel found the failed test was caused by a contaminated nutritional supplement.

The World Anti-Doping Agency and FINA, swimming's world governing body, have appealed to the Court for Arbitration of Sport and asked that Hardy be declared ineligible for the 2012 London Olympics. Hardy hopes CAS will rule by the end of the year.

She wore a Jaked suit Friday. It and other record-breaking polyurethane bodysuits will be banned by swimming's world governing body on Jan. 1.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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