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Five men finish 100-back in under 55 seconds

Updated: July 10, 2004, 10:28 AM ET
By Steve Woodward | Special to ESPN.com

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Logic would suggest that 34-year-old swimmer Jeff Rouse, who competed in his first world championship back in 1991, has seen it all in this sport. But even Rouse was stunned by what he witnessed Friday at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

After America's deepest field in history contested the 100-meter backstroke, five of the eight men reaching the end under 55 seconds, the physically spent swimmers began to gravitate toward the pool's middle lanes. They nearly resembled ...

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