Veatch finishes 5th, then retires


INDIANAPOLIS -- Dan Veatch's swimming career ended in defeat and tears last night.

Only three minutes before he was scheduled to race in the 200-meter backstroke final at the Phillips 66 National Championships, Veatch pulled a hamstring muscle in his left leg. Still, the 26-year-old native of Potomac, Md., and a 1988 Olympian raced.

He finished fifth and announced his retirement. In case your counting, this is the third time Veatch has left the sport. But this time, he says it's for good, since he is taking a job as an investment banker in San Francisco.

"I have nothing to be ashamed about," Veatch said, wiping away tears. "If I had been healthy I would have been in the running. I was swimming on one leg. I just decided to take a chance for another four years. It has been a wonderful career."

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