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Olympics 2012: Breeja Larson Finishes 6th In 100 Meter Breaststroke

Rebecca Soni was the best chance for the United States to win gold at the women's 100 meter breaststroke, but she was beaten out by the sudden Lithuanian phenom Ruta Meilutyte. Ruta came out of nowhere to win the preliminaries and the semifinals, and then she rocked the final. Soni got off to a poor start and was trailing much of the field at the 50 meter split. It is her style to do that and she did recover to chase for gold at the end, but she just fell short of Ruta's wire-to-wire victory.

Breeja Larson had a decent shot to medal in this, although she was a bit of an underdog going into today's action
compred to the best swimmers in this race. Larson of Mesa suffered from a starter error and she dove into the pool
before the first swim. Larson still managed to get off to a good start, but she fell back to the pack at the end and finished 6th overall.

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