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Phelps to size up Beijing competition in Australia

Updated: January 13, 2007, 12:38 AM ET
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Phelps launches his two-month countdown to the world championships this weekend, with the landmark meet in Australia representing the start of what he calls "the biggest two years of my swimming career."

The world championships are the most important meet outside the Olympics, allowing Phelps and his rivals to size each other up 1 year before the Beijing Games.

"This worlds sets up everything that happens at the Olympics -- for endorsements, ...

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