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July 6, 2008 6:48 PM

Silver faces hand surgery; should be back for Beijing

Posted by Ron Judd

Tough break for Bainbridge (Cal) swimmer Emily Silver, who smacked the boards too hard in the 50 free last night and broke her hand -- an injury that will require surgery. The injury to Silver, 22, came in a preliminary race on Saturday and was disclosed by team coach Mark Schubert today.

It's the third time the same hand has been broken during competition in Silver's career, Schubert told the AP. He said Silver should still be able to swim in Beijing, where she qualified to swim the 400 meter freestyle relay by finishing fifth in the 100 free at the trials. See our story here.

If she's unable to recover before Beijing, SIlver would be replaced by Kara Lynn Joyce.

The 50, meanwhile, was won by Dara Torres, whose eye-popping times as a 41-year-old are garnering world-wide attention. Torres also won the 100 freestyle, and will be the oldest swimmer ever to compete in the Olympics. She swam the 50 in 24.25, lowering her own American record set last night. Finishing second was Jessica Hardy at 24.82.

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