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Torres wins 50 heat with ease; Coventry, Adlington grab golds

Updated: August 16, 2008, 9:44 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

BEIJING -- Dara Torres, the 41-year-old mom swimming in her American-record fifth Olympics, will have the top starting position for the finals of the 50-meter freestyle after posting the fastest time in Saturday's semifinal heats.

Torres' time of 24.27 was the sixth-fastest this year, and 0.15 better than anyone else in the semis. World record-holder Lisbeth Trickett of Australia also advanced to the finals, as did American Kara Lynn Joyce.

"I looked and I saw that I was first," said ...

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