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There's none like him

Updated: August 14, 2004, 7:38 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- Wow.

Michael Phelps turned in a performance of a generation -- in any other generation -- by obliterating the field in a world record 4:08:26 in Saturday's 400 individual medley final. The rout earned Phelps America's first 2004 gold medal. If he takes seven golds and earns his $1 million Speedo bonus, tonight's effort will be worth a cool $142,857.14. (That's $576.04 per second.)

How dominating was it? Phelps was halfway through his final leg as the last place swimmer ...

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