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Emotional Alex Meyer falls short

Updated: August 10, 2012, 7:45 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

LONDON -- Alex Meyer's journey to the starting dock of the Olympic 10-kilometer open water swim has been equal parts mystical and practical. He trained with his usual fearsome work ethic, and he also kept drawing from a ground spring of emotion that began the day almost two years ago when his friend and teammate, Fran Crippen, lost his life doing what they both loved.

Meyer wanted to win a medal to redeem his own effort and for many reasons: for his family, for his country, for the college ...

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