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Peirsol never gave up

Updated: August 19, 2004, 9:04 PM ET
By Carrie Sheinberg | Special to ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- Aaron Peirsol never had a doubt.

He stood on the pool deck and saw his Olympic dreams shattered as the letters next to his name changed from OR (Olympic Record) to DSQ (Disqualified). The crowd booed like crazy, his mother burst into tears in the stands, but Peirsol never wavered. He trusted what only he could know. He had done nothing wrong.

After a lightning fast swim in the 200-meter backstroke, an event in which Peirsol already holds the world record, ...

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