Russia's Popov comes up short in two events
ATHENS, Greece -- American Gary Hall Jr., the defending Olympic champion, and teammate Jason Lezak qualified for the 50-meter freestyle semifinals Thursday, but two of their biggest rivals failed to advance.
Two-time Olympic champion Alexander Popov of Russia and Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands, the 2000 bronze medalist, didn't make the 16-man evening semifinal.
Americans Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker moved on to the evening
100 butterfly semifinal, while Diana ...
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