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Phelps done, but can still win another medal

Updated: August 20, 2004, 8:16 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- Michael Phelps is done swimming.

In a decision as surprising as it is sudden, Phelps will give up his butterfly leg in Saturday's 4x100 medley relay to the man he beat Friday night.

Earlier, Phelps edged teammate Ian Crocker for Olympic gold in the 100 butterfly, tying Mark Spitz's 32-year-old record for most individual swimming medals in one games -- four.

After the race, Phelps decided to sit out Saturday's relay in favor of Crocker. Phelps will still win ...

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