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Phelps named top sportsman by Sports Illustrated

Updated: December 2, 2008, 11:02 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Michael Phelps achieved another unprecedented feat: the first swimmer honored as Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year.

Phelps broke Mark Spitz's iconic record with eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in August and became the winningest Olympian ever with his 14 career victories. Olympians in other sports have earned the award before in its 54-year history, but never a swimmer. In 1972, the year Spitz won his medals, UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and tennis great ...

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