Olympic Swimming Highlights 2012: Most Heart-Pounding Finishes

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Olympic Swimming Highlights 2012: Most Heart-Pounding Finishes
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Photo finishes can tell the story of a race with one glance.

Each one in a snapshot reveals the excruciating sacrifice these Olympic athletes endure for their moment of glory, as well as the pain and anguish that comes with losing.

The 2012 Summer Games in London were no different than any previous Olympiad, and the swimming competitions alone lived up to the hype.

Ahead, we take a look at the most exhilarating and dramatic finishes that embody poetry frozen in motion.

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