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Du Toit's message goes way beyond her finish at Olympics

Updated: August 20, 2008, 7:44 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- Michael Phelps may have 14 gold medals and universal acclaim as the world's greatest swimmer, but he doesn't have to pause to feed himself in the middle of a race due to its length or fend off competitors who are elbowing him in the side, kicking him in the head or grabbing his ankle to slow him down. Or deal with jellyfish stinging him or sharks circling.

He also has two legs with which to kick.

Such is not the case for South African open swimmer Natalie ...

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