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Lucky 7's: Spitz sweeps competition, 7 gold medals

Updated: August 30, 2001, 12:16 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Sept. 4, 1972

Mark Spitz adds to his gold collection when he gains his seventh at the Olympics in Munich. The 22-year-old pre-dental student at Indiana University swims the butterfly leg on the United States' 4x100-meter medley team, which sets a world record of 3:48.16.

Spitz is the first athlete to win seven gold medals in a single Olympiad. All seven wins (four individual, three relay) set world records.

After today's victory, Spitz says he's retiring ...

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