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Three subplots from the first half of the world championships:
• Allyson Felix
The three-time world 200-meter champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist chose to test herself with a 200-400 double. She took silver in the 400 and now faces 100-meter winner Carmelita Jeter and Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown in the deuce. A gold shutout is possible.
• U.S. decathlon dominance
American Trey Hardee, 27, defended his title from 2009, and Ashton Eaton, 23, took the silver with a gutty 1,500 meters. Waiting in the wings is injured veteran Bryan Clay, 31, the '08 Olympic champ, raising the possibility of a U.S. sweep in London.
• Brittney Reese
A former hoops player from Gulfport, Miss., Reese (below) didn't start long-jumpig until she was a high school junior. Now she has back-to-back world titles and is the London favorite.