Olympic Journey Ends for Eric Shanteau

Eric Shanteau - Olympics - Swimming

BEIJING (AP) - U.S. swimmer Eric Shanteau is ready to move on with his life.

The 24-year old swimmer who was diagnosed with testicular cancer before the U.S. Olympic trials failed to qualify for the finals in his event.

He chose to put off surgery for a chance to compete in the Olympics and today, Shanteau finished 6th in the semifinals of the 200 breaststroke, his only event. That put him 10th overall, and one spot in back of the qualifying field for the final.

He touched the wall in 2 minutes, 10.10 seconds - a personal best, but was .13 seconds from qualifying for the finals.

Shanteau will return to Atlanta for surgery for the cancer he was diagnosed with a few weeks before last month's U.S. trials.

His father, Rick, is battling stage 4 lung cancer, which has slowed, but he is back on chemotherapy.

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