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Flying to Beijing


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


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.


Photograph by Peter Read Miller

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