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BRIAN CAZENEUVE
July 23, 2012
Story lines: Paddlers eye multiple medals in sprint canoe and kayak; open-water swimmer Thomas Lurz and eventing equestrian Hinrich Romeike shoot for gold; modern pentathlete Lena Schöneborn (right) tries to defend her Beijing title.
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July 23, 2012

5 Germany

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Story lines: Paddlers eye multiple medals in sprint canoe and kayak; open-water swimmer Thomas Lurz and eventing equestrian Hinrich Romeike shoot for gold; modern pentathlete Lena Schöneborn (right) tries to defend her Beijing title.

Don't miss: Uzbekistan-born gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, who could win a vault medal at age 37, two decades after making her Olympic debut in Barcelona with the post-Soviet Unified Team.

Long shot: Seven-time world and Olympic medalist Timo Boll dreams of ending the streak of four straight Asian champions in men's table tennis.

Outlook: Onetime power ends postreunification slide with uptick in medals.

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