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Missy Franklin not in freestyle relay final

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The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 9:40 p.m. If Missy Franklin is going to claim her first swimming medal of the Rio Olympics, it will have to come while she’s on dry land. Franklin competed in the preliminaries of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, but her time wasn’t fast enough for the coaches to give her a spot in the evening final. Allison Schmitt posted what was by far the fastest split time…

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Without a ’10,’ perfection is a tough task in gymnastics

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Without it, Nadia Comaneci is just another gold-medal winning gymnast from Eastern Europe. The Perfect 10 made the Romanian superstar more than a champion. It made her a legend. Yet four decades after her barrier-shattering uneven bars routine in Montreal — the one that ended with Comaneci and coach Bela Karolyi initially staring at the scoreboard in confusion when it read 1.00 because it wasn’t outfitted to put up the first 10.0 in Olympic history — perfection is harder to…

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The Martha Karolyi way leaves lasting legacy for USA Gymnastics

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The Martha Karolyi Way is a pinch on the neck. A tilt of the head. A purse of the lips. A nod of approval. A series of directives, most of them blunt, all designed for maximum impact. It is a compound tucked in the Texas woods where the rest of the world slips away so the foundation of a gymnastics dynasty can be laid. For the last 15 years, the U.S. women’s national team coordinator has methodically molded a once…

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