After breaking the 11-year-old decathlon world record, Ashton Eaton took a minute to celebrate his accomplishment. He'll enter his first Olympics as the favorite in the event. "Going into London, I'm not going to change a thing," Eaton told reporters. "Clearly."
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Lolo Jones tries to break away from the pack during the women's 100-meter hurdles final on June 23. Jones, who missed the medal stand in Beijing after stumbling on the penultimate hurdle, qualified for the 2012 Games with a third-place finish in the event. It will be her second Olympic Games.
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Two-time Olympian Bryan Clay buries his head in his hands after a DQ on the hurdles ensured he would not make the 2012 team. He was looking to become the first Olympian ever to win a decathlon medal in three straight Games.
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With water pelting the track, Rupp made history at the track and field trials, finishing the 10,000 meters in 27:25.33, a new Olympic trials record. The victory sends him to his second Olympics. "I'm from Oregon," Rupp told the Associated Press . "I love running in this weather."
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Allyson Felix, Jeneba Tarmoh
A photo of the finish line at the women's 100 meters couldn't break the third-place tie between Allyson Felix (top) and Jeneba Tarmoh. The top three in each event advance to London, making the tiebreaker that much more important. With no official tiebreaking protocol in place, Felix and Tarmoh were given two options to determine the victor: a coin flip or a runoff.
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Amid the third-place drama, Carmelita Jeter cruised to a victory in the women's 100 meters. Jeter, the fastest American woman since 2009, is looking for her first Olympic medal.
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Sanya Richards-Ross explodes from the block at the beginning of the women's 400 meters, a race she would win in 49.28. Richards-Ross also plans to run the 200 at the trials.
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Gatlin celebrates his victory in the men's 100 meters on June 24. The 30-year-old missed the 2008 Games due to a doping suspension, and he was overwhelmed by the thought of returning to the Olympic stage. "Usually, I have a lot of words. I'm almost speechless," Gatlin told the Associated Press after the race. "Everything just feels so surreal."
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Five years ago, Gay was the fastest man in the world. At the 2012 trials, he wasn't even the fastest man on the track in the 100 meters. Gay, who's still working his way back from hip surgery, finished second behind Justin Gatlin with a time of 9.86, his best since last spring. He'll make his second Olympic appearance this summer.
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Merritt, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, pulls away from the competition in the final of the men's 400 on June 24. His time (44.12) was the best in the world this season and ensured he would head to London to defend his title.
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Wariner slumps to the track after learning he would not make the U.S. Olympic team in the 400 meters. A four-time Olympic medalist, Wariner finished sixth in the 400 at the trials. At 28, there are questions about whether this will be his last trials.
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Hoffa, the 2008 Olympic trials champ, defended his crown on June 24, setting a mark of 72 feet, 2 1/4 inches in the shot put to earn a spot on Team USA. In London, he'll look to improve upon the seventh-place finish he tallied in Beijing.
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