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Leading Off

Aug. 25, 2008
Aug. 25, 2008

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Aug. 25, 2008

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Leading Off

Tomb Waders

This is an article from the Aug. 25, 2008 issue

Magali di Marco (in red) of Switzerland and Sarah Haskins (42) and Laura Bennett (40) of the U.S. emerged from the Ming Tomb Reservoir on Monday after completing the 1.5-kilometer swimming leg of the women's Olympic triathlon in Beijing. Emma Snowsill of Australia (inset) won the gold in 1:58:27.66; Bennett finished fourth, Haskins 11th and di Marco 13th.

Low Hurdler

After clearing just one hurdle in the fifth heat of the 110-meter race on Monday, two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell of the U.S. pulled up with a strained left hamstring on the track at the Bird's Nest. Eight minutes after Trammell was helped off (inset), reigning Olympic champ Liu Xiang of China had to withdraw from his heat because of Achilles tendinitis (page 64).

Frog's Legs

Michael Phelps got a huge kick out of his size 14 feet while leading off the men's 4√ó200 freestyle relay on Aug. 13 at the Water Cube. He was followed by Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and anchor Peter Vanderkaay as the U.S. won gold and set a world record of 6:58.56. Three days later Phelps (inset) celebrated his seventh gold medal in Beijing after his stunning come-from-behind victory in the 100 butterfly, in which he out-touched Serbia's Milorad Cavic by .01 of a second.

TWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Bob MartinPHOTOPhotograph by Bill FrakesPHOTOPETER READ MILLERPHOTOPhotograph by Simon BrutyPHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER