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Topic - Michael Phelps
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"I gave him one of his very few silvers," he said.
"The rumor is obviously trickling down all the way to South Africa. Everyone is talking about it," he said Saturday. "It would be great for the sport if he comes back. It would be great for me. I do welcome the challenge from anybody. If you want to win a gold medal, you want to beat the best."