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Coach threatens to pull Phelps

Updated: July 28, 2009, 5:52 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Michael Phelps sure looked out of place.

After bending over to accept a medal he wanted no part of, then listening to another swimmer's national anthem, Phelps tried to make his getaway. Not so fast -- there were still pictures to take.

So he straggled back to the top step of the awards stand, the place he knows so well. This time, it was already occupied. Phelps stood off to the side while Paul Biedermann was the center of attention and photographers snapped away.

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