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Sebastian Coe: Phelps not greatest

Updated: August 1, 2012, 1:37 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- With 19 medals, Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian. But the greatest?

Not for Sebastian Coe.

Coe, the two-time gold medalist in the 1,500 meters and head of the London Games, is not ready to anoint Phelps as the supreme Olympian.

"You can probably say that clearly, self-evidently, in medal tally he's the most successful," Coe said Wednesday. "My personal view is I am not sure he is the greatest, but he is certainly the most successful. That goes without saying."

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