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Britta Steffen drops out of worlds

Updated: July 28, 2011, 12:53 AM ET
Associated Press

SHANGHAI -- Britta Steffen of Germany dropped out of the world championships after swimming the slowest qualifying time in the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday.

The defending champion's time of 54.86 seconds was only good enough for the 16th and last spot in the evening semifinals. It was Steffen's second poor swim in Shanghai, having led off Germany's 400 free relay that earned a bronze last weekend.

"I'm very disappointed, but I have no explanation," she said. "It's not what I expect ...

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