D'Arcy qualifies for Olympics, 4 years after ban

JOHN PYE AP Sports Writer Published:

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Australian swimmer Nick D'Arcy has qualified for the Olympics four years after he was barred from the Beijing Games because of an altercation with another athlete.

D'Arcy won the 200-meter butterfly Sunday night to make the London Olympics.

The 24-year-old D'Arcy was only recently cleared to be eligible for London by the Australian Olympic Committee. An altercation at a Sydney bar with former Commonwealth Games medalist Simon Cowley after Australia's previous Olympic trials led to protracted legal proceedings.

D'Arcy was convicted of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to Cowley, who sustained fractures to his jaw, eye socket, cheekbone and nose. But his sentence of 14 months, 12 days in jail was suspended, meaning he did not have to serve time in prison unless he breached certain conditions.