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Lance Armstrong Swims 500 Free At First Meet In 25 Years

Armstrong made his official pool-swimming debut at this weekend’s Longhorn Aquatics New Year’s Classic meet with a 5:08.11 500 free.

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Armstrong has raced in three off-road triathlons since September. Photo: Elizabeth Kreutz

Last weekend, the Jamail Swim Center at the University of Texas played host to one of the all-time sports legends in Michael Phelps. This weekend, it played host to one of the few men walking the earth who can challenge his ubiquitous sporting fame: Lance Armstrong.

PHOTOS: Lance Armstrong’s Return To Tri

Armstrong made his official pool-swimming debut at this weekend’s Longhorn Aquatics New Year’s Classic meet with a 5:08.11 to place 21st in the 15 & over division of the 500 free against predominantly high-school aged competitors. The race was split fairly well (by 100):

57.5
1:01.4
1:02.5
1:03.5
1:03.3

He had good, even pacing that is similar to what one might see in a triathlon – where there’s not usually a finishing kick to the swim portion.

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