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Monday, December 22, 2008
Phelps is third swimmer named AP male athlete of the year

Associated Press

Michael Phelps picked up two more awards Monday when The Associated Press named him male athlete of the year and selected his eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics as the top sports story of the year.

The AP's members made Phelps a runaway selection for top male athlete. Only Olympic sprinting sensation Usain Bolt and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning got more than a single vote. Phelps was named on 172 ballots, becoming just the third swimmer to claim the award.

The New York Giants' upset of New England in the Super Bowl, which ruined the Patriots' perfect season, settled for second place in story-of-the-year voting.