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Coach: Michael Phelps' priority is 2012

Updated: September 13, 2010, 3:28 PM ET
Associated Press

HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- The longtime coach of Michael Phelps acknowledged Monday that the 14-time Olympic gold medalist currently isn't the finest swimmer in the world.

Bob Bowman said Ryan Lochte deserves that distinction.

Lochte beat Phelps in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke finals at the U.S. national championships last month, then won six gold medals to Phelps' five at the Pan Pacific championships.

"Obviously, Ryan Lochte is the best swimmer in the world ...

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