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3 RUSSIA
BRIAN CAZENEUVE
July 23, 2012
Story lines: Viktoria Komova (above) and Aliya Mustafina try to topple U.S. favorites in the gymnastics all-around; pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva, back from a year off, goes for her third straight gold.
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July 23, 2012

3 Russia

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Story lines: Viktoria Komova (above) and Aliya Mustafina try to topple U.S. favorites in the gymnastics all-around; pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva, back from a year off, goes for her third straight gold.

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Hot button: Three women runners banned in July for doping.

Outlook: The next Olympic host country builds medal-count momentum for Sochi 2014 with judo buff Vladimir Putin watching.

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