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Lochte, Phelps join forces for gold

Updated: July 31, 2012, 11:51 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

LONDON -- Ryan Lochte stepped up to the microphone before the assembled media looking relieved. Behind him, a relaxed Michael Phelps waited his turn. The two superstars whose rivalry provided the biggest cliffhanger coming into the Summer Games are friendly, respectful teammates who play cards on the road at major meets, but seeing them sharing space in public outside the pool deck seemed novel.

Yet after Tuesday night's final race, they might as well have morphed into baseball players ...

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