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Dara Torres helps rival swimmer, then easily advances to final

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BEIJING -- Dara Torres survived some pre-race drama when she tried to help one of her competitors, Therese Alshammar of Sweden, who suffered an equipment malfunction before their semifinal of the 50-meter freestyle.

Torres, 41, was the fastest qualifier for Sunday’s final, going 24.27 seconds. Sixteen-year-old Cate Campbell of Australia and Britta Steffen of Germany were second and third, respectively.

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‘Therese’s suit ripped when we were getting ready to walk out,’ Torres said. ‘I tried to help her with it, tried to do it up, and it ripped again. So I walked out and was trying to get them to hold the race for her. I was saying, ‘Her suit’s ripped.’ And waving my arms around.’

Needless to say, Alshammar didn’t make the top eight for the final, finishing in 14th place.

-- Lisa Dillman


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