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Despite Phelps' dominance, it won't be easy

Updated: July 14, 2004, 12:58 AM ET
By Steve Woodward | Special to ESPN.com

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Australians said it. Two Americans proved it.

From the other side of the world, in swimming obsessed Australia, champions Kieran Perkins and Ian Thorpe were on record as doubting if American would-be legend Michael Phelps can contend for seven or more Olympic gold medals in next month's Athens Games. They timed their comments to coincide with the U.S. trials contested here the past week. Perkins said Phelps is "unproven."

Not so easily dismissed as ...

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