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Phelps could sit out 4x100 relay

Updated: August 2, 2004, 5:55 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

Michael Phelps might have to be perfect in Athens if he wants to match Mark Spitz's seven gold medals in one Olympic Games.

After opting out of the 200 backstroke at the end of U.S. trials, Phelps got word this week that he might be left off the 4x100 freestyle relay team in Greece. That would leave seven events on his schedule and no hope of breaking Spitz's record.

In a hotel conference room in Stanford, Calif., U.S. swim coach Eddie Reese announced to his team that the bottom four ...

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