Roy Burch's road back to the Olympics is finally complete.
A two-time Olympic swimmer from Bermuda, he qualified in the 50-meter freestyle at the Caribbean Championships Saturday morning. Burch's preliminary time of 22.98 seconds is under the 23.05-second Olympic B qualifying standard.
Getting to this point hasn't been easy for Burch, who trains in Charlotte. He ruptured both patellar tendons in March 2015, threatening his career altogether. After months of rehab, he still needed to shave a second and a half off his time to qualify.
It looked like Burch had done so on Wednesday, when he swam the first leg of the 200-meter mixed freestyle relay at the Championships. His time of 22.95 appeared to confirm his place at this summer's Olympics in Brazil.
But an International Swimming Federation (FINA) rule, stating initial relay legs do not count toward qualifying, meant Burch's 22.95 couldn't be used as an Olympic B standard.
No matter. Burch's time Saturday morning makes him eligible for the Bermuda national team for a third time. The team will be officially announced sometime between July 7 and 11, and Burch is expected to be on the team.
"I've had an overwhelming amount of support these last few days and I really appreciate it all," Burch wrote in a Facebook post after Saturday morning's preliminary.
"It's been a long year and I'm very happy with what I've accomplished so far."
He'll swim again Saturday night in the 50-meter freestyle finals, but Burch is now days away from officially completing his Olympic comeback.