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The only major surprise on a morning full of qualifying came with Naide Gomes of Portugal, the world indoor champion. The dominating long jumper of the season fouled on her first two attempts, then stutter-stepped on her final try and failed to jump far enough to advance to the final.
Scheduled later Tuesday was the women's 400-meter medal race, where American Sanya Richards was among the favorites.
Richards also likes to run in the 200. Two years ago, she petitioned the International Olympic Committee and track officials for a schedule change that might allow a 200-400 double without having to race three times on one day.
That request was denied, so Richards is hoping to win medals in the individual race and the 1,600 relay -- and also has been working out in the 400 relay.
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