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Tyler Clary finally breaks through

Updated: August 3, 2012, 10:46 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

LONDON -- It's counterintuitive to regard a wall as a goal and not an obstacle, but swimmers learn to do that. Some need to repeat the drill more than others.

Over and over for the past couple of years, Tyler Clary has extended his fingertips toward the touch pad at the end of his lane believing he could get there first. Sometimes he knew he had been beaten before he arrived. Sometimes he had to wipe the water from his eyes and squint at the digital display to find out. At major ...

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