Michael Phelps' last individual race

Michael Phelps' last individual race

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the Men?s 100m Butterfly Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 4:51 PM

LONDON -- Seventh at the turn, an Olympic champion at the end.

Make it 17 gold medals for Michael Phelps.

What a way to go out in the final individual race of his career.


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With those long arms whipping through the water, Phelps was next-to-last when he touched the wall at the far end of the pool in the 100-meter butterfly but in a familiar position when he made the touch that counted Friday—his name atop the leaderboard, a smile on his face, another gold medal around his neck.

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