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Just when you think Phelps' run can't get any better, it does

Updated: August 16, 2008, 3:50 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- Michael Phelps was in trouble.

Big trouble.

Churning desperately to the wall in the 100-meter butterfly Saturday, chasing Milorad Cavic and a historic seventh gold medal in these Olympics, Phelps was in that worst of all places for a butterflyer approaching the finish:

No man's land.

His strokes had not timed out in this most rhythmic of all swimming disciplines, and now Phelps was left with two bad alternatives.

He could ...

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