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Sprint is chock full of potential heroes

Updated: August 20, 2004, 7:45 AM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- It would be nice to believe.

It would be nice to see this week's 100-meter sprint as simply the best footrace of all time. We could witness four sub-10-second sprints for the first time ever. It would be nice to watch with raised eyebrows instead of furrowed ones. It would be nice to cheer without the worry that the results might not stand. It would be nice to rave instead of speculate, to use exclamation points instead of question marks.

It would be nice. But it ...

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