Originally written on Fox Olympics  |  Last updated 10/29/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 12: Natalie Coughlin of the United States competes in the Women's 200m Individual Medley Semifinal held at the National Aquatics Center on Day 4 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 12, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Natalie Coughlin hung on to make her third Olympics with a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle on Saturday night, giving her a chance to win a record-tying 12th Olympic medal in London. But it won't be in an individual event. The 29-year-old Californian had already missed out in the 100 backstroke, where she is the two-time defending Olympic champion, and the 100 butterfly. Coughlin was down to her last chance in the 100 free, needing a top-six finish in the eight-woman final to earn consideration for the 400 free relay team. She got it. Coughlin beat out Dana Vollmer by 17-hundreds of a second for the sixth and last spot. ''Yes, it's a relief to make my third Olympic team, but going into this race I just wanted to be proud of myself afterwards,'' she said. ''I went for it and I gave the best effort that I could.'' Jessica Hardy also found redemption on Saturday night with a surprising win in the same race that Coughlin was in. The Californian better known for her br...
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