Cancer-Stricken Eric Shanteau Makes Olympic Debut

Eric Shanteau swims

BEIJING (AP) - Cancer-stricken Eric Shanteau, in his Olympic debut, advanced out of the 200m breaststroke preliminaries today, just a couple of weeks before he will undergo surgery.

The Auburn swimmer smoothly stroked his way through the four-lap race and qualified 7th at a time of 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, Georgia 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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