Three-time Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen made his post-retirement swimming debut, showing that “retiring from international-level swimming” isn’t necessarily the same as “retiring from swimming”.
Hansen, who’s now the head coach at the Austin Swim Club, raced at a team-hosted Masters meet after registering within the week for US Masters Swimming.
Hansen raced to a 25.18 in the 50 yard breaststroke and a 52.85 in the 100 yard backstroke.
That ranks as the third-fastest 50 yard breaststroke ever done by a Masters swimmer in the 30-34 age group – with the prior to coming at the hands of Matt Grevers (24.35) and Ed Moses (24.84) while they were still training to compete at the elite international level.
Hansen’s career tally includes 10 World Championship gold medals, including a 50-100-200 breaststroke sweep at the 2004 Short Course World Championships, and 6 total Olympic medals.
For a more personal comparison, Hansen split 23.59, albeit on a rolling start, in his final NCAA Championship 200 yard medley relay at the University of Texas in 2003 (the 2004 championships were in short course meters rather than yards).
Check out a video of the swim below, courtesy of @gatswimmer:
— Grant (@gatswimmer) March 12, 2016