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The numbers don't lie: Phelps is the best swimmer ever

Updated: August 17, 2008, 8:45 AM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

Are there any superlatives left to describe Michael Phelps?

A year ago, ESPN.com asked the question: "Who is the greatest swimmer of all time?" This was after the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. We created a swimming index: a mathematical, yet still debatable, system of calculating swimming greatness.

Phelps, the freakishly perfectly built swimmer from Baltimore, won't be relinquishing his top spot -- at least not for a long time. Some believe that ...

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