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London Olympics 2012: Swimming

China's Sun Yang competes in the men's 1,500-meter

China's Sun Yang competes in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle heats during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Aug. 3, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photos from the 2012 Olympics swimming competitions, from the preliminary heats to the medal ceremonies.

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United States' swimmer Michael Phelps holds up a
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United States' swimmer Michael Phelps holds up a silver trophy after being honored as the most decorated Olympian at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Phelps was honored with a special individual ceremony after concluding his record-breaking career Saturday as the most decorated Olympian. Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. (August 4, 2012)

United States' Michael Phelps prepares to swim in
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United States' Michael Phelps prepares to swim in the men's 4 X 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. He leaves the sport with a record 18 golds and 22 medals overall. (August 4, 2012)

Gold medallist China's Sun Yang swims in the
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Gold medallist China's Sun Yang swims in the men's 1500-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (August 4, 2012)

United States' Michael Phelps, right, swims in the
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United States' Michael Phelps, right, swims in the men's 4 X 100-meter medley relay final at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. (August 4, 2012)

United States' Michael Phelps celebrates after winning the
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United States' Michael Phelps celebrates after winning the men's 100-meter butterfly swimming final, with United States' Tyler McGill beside him at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

United States' men's 4 X 100-meter medley relay
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United States' men's 4 X 100-meter medley relay team from left, Matthew Grevers, Michael Phelps and Brendan Hansen shake hands with teammate Nathan Adrian after winning the gold medal at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. (August 4, 2012)

Germany's Britta Steffen, left, congratulates Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo
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Germany's Britta Steffen, left, congratulates Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo after she won the the women's 50-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (August 4, 2012)

Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo, right, touches ahead of Belarus'
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Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo, right, touches ahead of Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia to win the the women's 50-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (August 4, 2012)

Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo, right, touches the wall to
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Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo, right, touches the wall to win the women's 50-meter freestyle swimming final as compatriot Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis, left, finishes in third place at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (August 4, 2012)

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli holds his bronze medal in
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Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli holds his bronze medal in the men's 1500-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (August 4, 2012)

Gold medalist China's Sun Yang, middle, silver medalist
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Gold medalist China's Sun Yang, middle, silver medalist Canada's Ryan Cochrane, left, and bronze medalist Tunisia's Oussama in the men's 1500-meter freestyle swimming final hold the medals at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics. (August 4, 2012)

United States' Katie Ledecky competes in the women's
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United States' Katie Ledecky competes in the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

South Africa's Chad le Clos, top, and United
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South Africa's Chad le Clos, top, and United States' Michael Phelps take the start in the men's 100-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

France's Florent Manaudou celebrates after winning gold in
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France's Florent Manaudou celebrates after winning gold in the men's 50-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

United States' Michael Phelps touches the wall as
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United States' Michael Phelps touches the wall as South Africa's Chad le Clos closes in for second place during the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Britain's bronze medalist Rebecca Adlington, left, and United
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Britain's bronze medalist Rebecca Adlington, left, and United States' gold medalist Katie Ledecky hug after completing the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

United States' Katie Ledecky holds her country's flag
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United States' Katie Ledecky holds her country's flag after receiving her gold medal for the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

France's Florent Manaudou celebrates his gold-medal win in
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France's Florent Manaudou celebrates his gold-medal win in the men's 50-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

France's Florent Manaudou reacts to his gold-medal win
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France's Florent Manaudou reacts to his gold-medal win in the men's 50-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

United States' Katie Ledecky, right, embraces Britain's Rebecca
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United States' Katie Ledecky, right, embraces Britain's Rebecca Adlington after finishing the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

United States' Michael Phelps spits water after winning
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United States' Michael Phelps spits water after winning the men's 100-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (August 3, 2012)

France's Florent Manaudou celebrates after winning gold in
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France's Florent Manaudou celebrates after winning gold in the men's 50-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

France's Florent Manaudou celebrates after finishing first in
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France's Florent Manaudou celebrates after finishing first in the men's 50-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Russia's Anastasia Zueva reacts after winning the silver
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Russia's Anastasia Zueva reacts after winning the silver medal in the women's 200-meter backstroke final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

United States' Katie Ledecky holds up her gold
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United States' Katie Ledecky holds up her gold medal after winning the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Missy Franklin starts the women's 200-meter backstroke final
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Missy Franklin starts the women's 200-meter backstroke final during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, left, and compatriot
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Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, left, and compatriot Marleen Veldhuis compete in a 50-meter freestyle swimming heat during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

China's Sun Yang competes in the men's 1,500-meter
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China's Sun Yang competes in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle heats during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Aug. 3, 2012)

A swimmer bearing a tattoo of the Olympic
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A swimmer bearing a tattoo of the Olympic rings gets ready to compete in the women's 50-meter freestyle heats during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Britain's Liam Tancock reacts after he competed in
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Britain's Liam Tancock reacts after he competed in the men's 4x100m medley relay heats during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Australia's Leisel Jones competes in the women's 4x100m
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Australia's Leisel Jones competes in the women's 4x100m medley relay heats during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Michael Phelps reacts to his gold-medal win in
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Michael Phelps reacts to his gold-medal win in the men's 100-meter butterfly final during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

South Africa's silver medalist Chad le Clos, left,
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South Africa's silver medalist Chad le Clos, left, United States' gold medalist Michael Phelps, center, and Russia's silver medalist Evegny Korotyshkin pose on the podium after the men's 100-meter butterfly swimming final during the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Lennart Stekelenburg of the Netherlands competes in the
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Lennart Stekelenburg of the Netherlands competes in the men's 4x100m medley relay heats during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Michael Phelps concentrates before the men's 100-meter butterfly
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Michael Phelps concentrates before the men's 100-meter butterfly swimming final during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Missy Franklin of the United States, left, and
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Missy Franklin of the United States, left, and compatriot Elizabeth Beisel celebrate after their first- and third-place finishes in the women's 200-meter backstroke final during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Missy Franklin celebrates after winning gold in the
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Missy Franklin celebrates after winning gold in the women's 200-meter backstroke final during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Missy Franklin waves after competing in a women's
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Missy Franklin waves after competing in a women's 200-meter backstroke swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 2, 2012)

United States' Katie Ledecky competes in a women's
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United States' Katie Ledecky competes in a women's 800-meter freestyle swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Missy Franklin of the United States turns in
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Missy Franklin of the United States turns in a women's 200-meter backstroke swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Denmark's Lotte Friis reacts after competing in a
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Denmark's Lotte Friis reacts after competing in a women's 800-meter freestyle swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 2, 2012)

United States' Missy Franklin competes in a women's
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United States' Missy Franklin competes in a women's 200-meter backstroke swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Samantha Arevalo Salinas of Ecuador starts in a
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Samantha Arevalo Salinas of Ecuador starts in a women's 800-meter freestyle swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 2, 2012)

United States' Nathan Adrian reacts after winning gold
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United States' Nathan Adrian reacts after winning gold in the men's 100-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 1, 2012)

U.S. Olympic swim team member Kara Lynn Joyce
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U.S. Olympic swim team member Kara Lynn Joyce checks her phone between practice laps at the University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. (July, 12, 2012)

Hungary's Laszlo Cseh swims in a heat of
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Hungary's Laszlo Cseh swims in a heat of the men's 200-meter individual medley at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 1, 2012)

United States' Michael Phelps, center, competes in a
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United States' Michael Phelps, center, competes in a men's 200-meter individual medley at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Swimmers start in a men's 200-meter backstroke swimming
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Swimmers start in a men's 200-meter backstroke swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom prepares for a women's 100-meter
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Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom prepares for a women's 100-meter freestyle swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Britain's Andrew Willis prepares for a men's 200-meter
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Britain's Andrew Willis prepares for a men's 200-meter breaststroke swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 31, 2012)

Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for
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Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 31, 2012)

Australia's Melanie Schlanger, left, and United States' Allison
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Australia's Melanie Schlanger, left, and United States' Allison Schmitt, right, compete in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael

Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps into a blowout, pulling away to win the Olympic 400-meter individual medley by more than 3 seconds Saturday night. (July 28)

United States' Ryan Lochte competes in the men's
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United States' Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 400-meter individual medley swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S.'s Ryan Lochte reacts after finishing first in
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U.S.'s Ryan Lochte reacts after finishing first in the men's 400-meter individual medley swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Ryan Lochte of the United States swims butterfly
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Ryan Lochte of the United States swims butterfly as he competes in heat five of the men's 400-meter individual medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte competes in the men's
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U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 400m individual medley heats swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte competes in the men's
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U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 400-meter individual medley heats swimming event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (July 28, 2012)

Michael Phelps of the United States swims butterfly
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Michael Phelps of the United States swims butterfly as he competes in heat four of the Men's 400m Individual Medley on the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 400m individual medley heats swimming event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 400m individual medley heats swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 400m individual medley heats swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. (July 28, 2012)

USA's Michael Phelps reacts after a men's 400-meter
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USA's Michael Phelps reacts after a men's 400-meter individual medley heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps looks on after competing
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps looks on after competing in the men's 400m individual medley heats swimming event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (July 28, 2012)

Federica Pellegrini of Italy reacts after swimming a
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Federica Pellegrini of Italy reacts after swimming a women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 400m individual medley heats swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (July 28, 2012)

From front left, LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe, Olympic
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From front left, LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe, Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, architect Zaha Hadid and Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Aquatics Centre during swimming heats in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, talks
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, talks with an unidentified spectator at the opening day of swimming competitions at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

United Arab Emirates' Mubarak al-Besher reacts after swimming
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United Arab Emirates' Mubarak al-Besher reacts after swimming a men's 100-meter breaststroke heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Belgium's Ward Bauwens reacts after swimming a men's
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Belgium's Ward Bauwens reacts after swimming a men's 400-meter individual medley heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Japan's Kosuke Kitajima reacts after swimming a men's
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Japan's Kosuke Kitajima reacts after swimming a men's 100-meter breaststroke heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Japan's Kosuke Kitajima adjusts his cap before swimming
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Japan's Kosuke Kitajima adjusts his cap before swimming a men's 100-meter breaststroke heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Canada's Scott Dickens reacts after swimming a men's
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Canada's Scott Dickens reacts after swimming a men's 100-meter breaststroke heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

China's Yang Sun, left, and China's Hao Yun
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China's Yang Sun, left, and China's Hao Yun speak before swimming in a men's 400-meter freestyle heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

South Korea's Park Tae-hwan competes in a men's
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South Korea's Park Tae-hwan competes in a men's 400-meter freestyle swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

China's Ye Shiwen reacts after swimming a women's
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China's Ye Shiwen reacts after swimming a women's 400-meter individual medley heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Federica Pellegrini of Italy reacts after swimming a
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Federica Pellegrini of Italy reacts after swimming a women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

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