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Photograph by Heinz Kluetmeier

BACK YOU GO Missy Franklin (in the lead) made a splash to start the women's 200-meter backstroke final at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha on Sunday. Franklin, 17, won the race in 2:06.12 to qualify for the last of the seven events in which she will be eligible to race in London. Previously no U.S. woman had qualified for more than six swimming events at one Olympics. Runner-up Elizabeth Beisel also qualified in the 200-meter backstroke.


Photograph by Bill Frakes

HANDS-DOWN QUALIFIER Jeffrey Porter dove for his spot on the U.S. Olympic track team, hurling himself across the finish line onto his palms to secure third place in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. track trials in Eugene, Ore., last Saturday. Porter finished in 13.08 seconds, .18 seconds better than his previous personal best, behind winner Aries Merritt (in blue) and runner-up Jason Richardson (far left) and ahead of David Oliver (right).


Photograph by John W. McDonough

FLYING TO LONDON Gabrielle Douglas soared above the balance beam—and the competition—last Friday on the first day of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics trials. The 16-year-old from Virginia Beach would edge world all-around champion Jordyn Wieber by a 10th of a point to finish first overall on Sunday and book her ticket to the 2012 Games. Wieber also qualified.