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LONDON -- Kosuke Kitajima of Japan kept alive his bid to win a third consecutive Olympic title in the 100-meter breaststroke on Saturday.
Kitajima finished sixth in the semifinals in 59.69 seconds to advance to today's final at the Aquatics Centre.
Kitajima would become the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three consecutive Olympics. Michael Phelps could have beat him to it, but the American finished fourth in the 400 individual medley final after winning that title in the previous two Olympics.
Brendan Hansen, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist who was fourth in Beijing, grabbed the last spot in the eight-man final in 59.78.
His American teammate, Eric Shanteau, a Parkview grad, finished 11th in 59.96, the exact same time and placement he had in the preliminaries. The swimmer was diagnosed with testicular cancer shortly before the Beijing Olympics, where he also failed to advance out of the semis.-- The Associated Press