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The nerve-rattling U.S. track and swimming trials opened with a blaze of records and—for both hopefuls and past champions—the searing pain of coming up short

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Photograph by Heinz Kluetmeier

SPEEDFEST On the same day that Phelps smashed the 400 IM world record in the first final in Omaha, Gay won the 100 in Eugene in a stunning—if wind-aided—9.68 seconds.

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Photograph by Peter Read Miller

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