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Dawn Harper

Rain, tears and teens with Olympic track spots on the line

The defending Olympic pole vault champion warmed up, then cooled down, then ran through the whole process again, as the driving rain pelted the field Friday at U.S. Olympic Trials.

"The more time you have to think, the more you're like, 'Wow. This is how bad things happen," Jenn Suhr said.

Suhr escaped the badness. Several other big-name athletes weren't as lucky on a rain-drenched afternoon at Hayward Field.

On a day that saw LaShawn Merritt lower his world-best mark at 200 meters to 19.74 seconds — in a semifinal heat, no less — and two high-school kids, Michael Norman and Noah Lyles, earn spots in the final, there was just as much buzz about...

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