Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/1/12
There was a missile fast approaching the U.S. Swimming contingent, and 23-year-old Nathan Adrian was the only man who could stop the attack. Adrian, who had won a gold medal in Beijing -- although only by way of a Michael Phelps-led 4x100-meter team's historic comeback, finally earned his first true Olympic medal on Wednesday night in London. And he added a little history of his own. The overwhelmed youngster won the 100-meter freestyle by the slimmest of margins -- just 0.01 seconds -- over the Australian world-record holder, James "missile" Magnussen. Magnussen, who had cruised atop the leaderboard in each...

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