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Nesterenko surprises field with speed

Updated: August 22, 2004, 12:15 AM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- Winning the 100 meters at the Olympics isn't simply a tradition carried on by generations of American women sprinters, it's an exercise in domination. Marion Jones. Gail Devers -- twice. Florence Griffith Joyner. Evelyn Ashford. The U.S. women had captured the past five gold medals in the event and eight of the past 12.

So imagine the surprise when a set of long legs belonging to 5-foot-8 Belarusian Yulia Nesterenko started swallowing up little Lauryn Williams, the 5-foot-3 ...

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