Brendan Hansen looking for gold in Beijing

United States breast stroker Brendan Hansen has booked his place on the Olympic swimming team and is hoping to beat his rival Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima.

“Now that I am on the team I can relax and do what I do best and use my strengths to my advantage,” Hansen told reporters, after booking his ticket to Beijing with a win in the 100 meters breaststroke final at the U.S. Olympic trails on Monday.

“You don’t want to think about it, but you think about every little thing that can go wrong and that’s the last thing you want to be thinking about as an athlete going into a race.

“The littlest thing in a 100 goes wrong and you don’t make the team. That’s just the way our country works when it comes to this sport.

“For me I wanted to have a solid swim, make sure I solidify that spot and now that I have, I’m going to go into the 200 with guns blazing.

“I honestly believe my best race is in front of me. I’ve always been a better 200 breaststroker than 100.”

Hansen won a silver and bronze at the Athens Olympics, with Kitajima winning two gold medals.

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