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Mixed-gender 4x50 meters to debut

Updated: October 1, 2012, 12:09 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The battle of the sexes has hit the pool.

The opening meet of the World Cup in Dubai on Tuesday will feature 4x50-meter mixed relays for the first time. Teams will be made up of two men and two women, and it is up to them to decide the order -- so, for instance, a woman could race against a man on the anchor leg.

The initiative will be part of all eight World Cup meets. Swimming's governing body, FINA, has said the relays could be introduced at the short-course ...

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