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Mission accomplished: Phelps earns eighth gold in medley relay

Updated: August 18, 2008, 8:10 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Michael Phelps locked arms with his three teammates, as though they were in a football huddle calling a play, then hugged each one of them.

It took a team to make him the grandest of Olympic champions. And one last big push from Phelps himself.

Going hard right to the end of a mesmerizing nine days in Beijing, Phelps helped the Americans come from behind Sunday in a race they've never lost at the Olympics, cheering from the deck as Jason Lezak brought ...

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