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Don't think the Olympics can be cruel? Just ask Richards, Jones

Updated: August 19, 2008, 3:20 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- American women were the face of heartbreak at National Stadium on Tuesday night.

Twice in the span of 20 minutes, they were flying down the straightaway with a gold medal within reach. Two strong favorites were close enough to feel it. Years of unstinting effort were about to pay off.

Twice they crossed the finish line beaten, shocked and devastated.

Two athletic moments of a lifetime ended in bitter tears.

First, Sanya Richards ...

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