In his first race at the 5000-meter distance, runner Lopez Lomong set a 2012 world record. But the American also ran into some unusual trouble late in the race. This file photo shows Lomong at the 2008 Olympics.
Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:07 pm
The sports world is brimming with talk about Lopez Lomong, the American runner who set a 2012 world best in the men's 5,000-meter race in California Sunday. It was Lomong's first race at that distance (just over 3 miles), which he covered in 13 minutes and 11.63 seconds. But the race took a very unusual turn in its final laps.
Rebecca Soni swims in the women's 200 breaststroke final at the Austin (Texas) Grand Prix swim meet in January. She won a gold medal in the event at the 2008 Olympics and hopes to repeat this summer in London.
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U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni is hoping to win medals in three events at this summer's Olympics in London.
Four years ago, swimmer Rebecca Soni won a gold medal in the 200 breaststroke at the Beijing Summer Olympics. She hopes to add to her medal collection at this summer's London Games, where she'll be competing in three events.
Now 25, Soni looks graceful when she stands at the edge of the pool. And when she jumps in, it seems to take her just a few strokes to get to the other side of a 25-meter pool.
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