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Katie Ledecky went from an unknown high school sophomore in Bethesda, Md., to a household name Friday when she not only won the 800 free finals in an upset of hometown British favorite and reigning champ Rebecca Adlington, but nearly broke the world record.

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Passing the torch

More than likely you can call it a career for Michael Phelps, who swam his last individual race at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Friday, going out with a gold in the 100-meter butterfly while also watching as the future of U.S. swimming — 17-year-old Missy Franklin and 15-year-old Katie Ledecky — both win golds of their own.


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