200m IM performance proves Phelps still is The Man

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LONDON — Last year in Shanghai, Ryan Lochte not only beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley, he set the world record, 1:54 flat. Phelps wasn’t in his best shape. Even so, he said he felt himself on the last lap gaining, gaining, gaining. It wasn’t enough.

He knew then that if he wanted to be serious about swimming, serious about this grueling and demanding event in particular, he had to get his backside into the cold pool early in the morning and re-dedicate himself to being the champion he was and could yet be again.

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