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Beard sets WR in 200 breaststroke

Originally Published: July 12, 2004
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Aaron Peirsol climbed atop the lane rope, pumping his right fist in the air over and over again. Michael Phelps leaned his forehead against the wall of the pool, looking downright exhausted.

No one said winning seven gold medals was going to be easy.

The world's best swimmer endured his first defeat of the U.S. Olympic trials on Monday, unable to keep pace when Peirsol broke his own world record in the 200-meter backstroke.

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