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Phelps wants to swim nine events

Updated: July 12, 2004, 10:07 PM ET
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Phelps would like to get as many as nine chances to win seven gold medals and match Mark Spitz's record.

Then again, should Phelps be part of the 400-meter freestyle relay -- one of the signature events in the Olympic pool -- when he didn't try to qualify for the event at the U.S. swimming trials?

That emerged as a major issue at the trials, where Phelps -- already swimming six other events -- skipped the 100 freestyle competition that also was ...

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