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Morning wrap-up and what's ahead

June 30, 2008 |  8:08 am

Michael Phelps swims to victory in the men's 400-meter individual medley finals.

The U.S. Olympic trials Sunday became a day of broken records, over and over and over.

It started in track and field with Tyson Gay, who ran like the wind in the 100 meters and, in a wind-aided time of 9.68, did it faster than any human in history. As Philip Hersh reports from the scene, nothing could diminish what Gay accomplished, wind or no wind.

Helene Elliott also was at the race and thinks the top three finishers -- Gay, Walter Dix and Darvis Patton -- in this marquee event could

be what turns the sport around and makes it shine again. If they're clean. "For the sake of the sport in this country," she writes, "for the sake of the team the U.S. will send to the Beijing Games, please let this event turn out to have been honest and fair and accomplished without anyone having resorted to chemical enhancement. If it wasn’t, track and field is dead." Read the rest of what she has to say.

The track and field trials continue today. Worth keeping an eye on are the final five events in the decathlon. It starts with the 110-meter hurdles at 11:30 a.m. Then they throw the discus, compete in the pole vault, throw the javelin and try to survive the 1,500, at 8:35 p.m. A full day. Bryan Clay of Glendora has a narrow lead. Get the full schedule.

In swimming, it was Michael Phelps (400-meter individual medley) and Katie Hoff (400-meter individual medley) and Larsen Jensen of Trojan Swim Club (400-meter freestyle) who set records. As Lisa Dillman writes, Phelps' "riveting stroke-for-stroke duel with runner-up Ryan Lochte unleashed the crowd of 12,316 at the Qwest Center, and then Phelps thrilled them with the stunning time, 4 minutes 5.25 seconds."

Could more records fall tonight in swimming? The finals list includes the women’s 100-meter butterfly, men’s 100 breaststroke and women’s 400 freestyle. Additionally, there are semifinals in the women’s 100 backstroke, men’s 200 freestyle, women’s 100 breaststroke and men’s 100 backstroke.

Finally, Kobe Bryant talks one on one with Jonathan Abrams about being on the U.S. basketball team and says, "You never want to see the United States lose at anything. Water polo, soccer, whatever it is. You don’t want the United States to lose ever."

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Michael Phelps swims to victory in the men's 400-meter individual medley finals. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press