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Wilkinson holds off Viola

Updated: June 13, 2004, 9:59 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Going right to her last dive, Laura Wilkinson survived a scare at the U.S. trials Sunday and earned a chance to defend her gold medal at the Olympics.

Wilkinson, a surprise winner of the 10-meter platform at Sydney four years ago, went to the final round with a scant 5.37-point lead over high schooler Brittany Viola, the daughter of former major league pitcher Frank Viola.

Unlike past years, when the top two in each event made the team, only the winner was ...

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