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Michael Phelps, U.S. win medley relay

Updated: August 5, 2012, 12:43 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LONDON -- As if 22 medal ceremonies over the last three Olympics weren't enough, Michael Phelps was summoned back to the pool deck for one more accolade.

This time, he received a trophy rather than a medal, an award that sought to sum up a career like no other.

"To Michael Phelps," it said, "the greatest Olympic athlete of all time."

Too bad it was silver.

Gold was the only color for this guy.

In a final race that was more a coronation than a contest, Phelps ...

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