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BRIAN CAZENEUVE
July 23, 2012
Story lines: World champion Ye Shiwen (above), 16, helps make China a growing force in the pool; national icon Liu Xiang goes for the hurdles gold he missed out on because of injury in '08.
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July 23, 2012

2 China

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Story lines: World champion Ye Shiwen (above), 16, helps make China a growing force in the pool; national icon Liu Xiang goes for the hurdles gold he missed out on because of injury in '08.

Don't miss: Diver Qiu Bo, who earned 25 perfect 10s at an international meet in 2011, giving him the highest platform score ever.

Hot button: Underage gymnasts? Not this time.

Outlook: Without home field advantage, China slips a bit from Beijing but continues to build strength in nearly every high-medal sport and challenge the U.S. in the overall standings.

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