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This night was all about a fitting farewell for Phelps.

He and his relay mates unfurled a banner that said, “Thank You London.”

The crowd said thank you right back, chanting “Michael! Michael! Michael!”

Later, as Phelps was getting up to leave one news conference and hustle off to another one, the other three American swimmers were asked if they thought he would really stay retired.

Phelps wouldn’t even let them answer, saying very emphatically, “Yes! Yes!”

“I’m sure he’s going to be around,” Grevers said, “but not in the pool where we like him best.”