Hackett's attempt for 4th Olympics ends at Australian trials

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Posted: Apr 08, 2016 8:32 AM

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Three-time Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett's attempt to make the team for Rio de Janeiro ended Friday after he finished seventh in his 200-meter semifinal heat and 11th overall at the Australian trials.

Hackett, who missed qualifying in the 400 freestyle on Thursday, was bidding to become the oldest Australian swimmer to make an Olympic team. He turns 36 next month.

"I have no regrets," Hackett said. "At some stage, you have to let go of all this."

A former world-record holder in the 1,500 and winner of gold medals over that distance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Games, Hackett was attempting to make his fourth Olympic team after coming out of a six-year retirement at last year's Australian trials and qualifying for the 2015 world championships.

He had hoped to be among the top 200-meter finishers to give him a chance for 4x200-meter relay selection.

"I am disappointed that I didn't get a good result," Hackett said. "There was no way I thought I would be lining up for a crack at another Olympics. Just to get this far has been great."