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Germany wins mixed-gender relay

Updated: October 2, 2012, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Stroke by stroke, they were coming after her. Britta Steffen of Germany had the lead, but it was quickly shrinking, with two elite male swimmers in pursuit.

But on this day -- when top-level swimming featured its first male vs. female racing -- Steffen made sure it was ladies first.

She held off the fast-charging men from Hungary and Ukraine to anchor her country to victory in a 4x50-meter medley relay at a short-course World Cup meet. She was embraced ...

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