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Veldhuis nearly breaks world record, takes home Euro gold in 100m freestyle

Updated: March 23, 2008, 2:30 PM ET
Associated Press

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- Marleen Veldhuis won her second gold medal of the European Championships Thursday, dominating the 100-meter freestyle.

The win came two nights after anchoring the Dutch women to a world record in the 400 freestyle relay.

Veldhuis led from the start and looked on course to break Britta Steffen's world record until tiring in the last quarter of the race to finish in 53.77 seconds.

"I was much too fast on the first lap," she said. "But you simply have ...

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