Cancer-Stricken Shanteau Makes Olympic Debut

BEIJING (AP) - Cancer-stricken Eric Shanteau has made his Olympic debut, easily advancing out of the 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries just a couple weeks before he will undergo surgery.

Shanteau, a former Auburn swimmer, smoothly stroked his way through the four-lap race and qualified seventh in 2:10.29.

Defying conventional medical wisdom, Shanteau decided to put off surgery to compete in the Olympics, but only after being checked repeatedly to make sure the cancer wasn't spreading and threatening
his chances of a full recovery.

The 24-year-old swimmer from Lilburn, Ga., found out he had testicular cancer just weeks before last month's U.S. trials, where he upset Brendan Hansen to earn a trip to China.

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