Relay spot means Spitz's record can be had
ATHENS, Greece -- Michael Phelps got his first Olympic win -- before the Athens Games even began.
In a move that ticked off sprint star Gary Hall Jr. but should give Phelps his best chance to break Mark Spitz's record, the U.S. coaching staff tentatively reserved a spot for their most touted swimmer in the final of the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Swimming is perhaps the most highly anticipated sport at the
Athens Games, beginning Saturday with Phelps as an overwhelming
favorite to win ...
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