Tuesday 16 January 2018

James Lawton: MichaeI Phelps reaches final course with renewed appetite for golds

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps

HE already has stunning achievement, built over eight years, first in Athens, then Beijing, and now London

Even for a first lord of the sports universe, it is a bold way of defining the last of your ambition. But then maybe Michael Phelps, who is already the owner of 16 Olympic medals, 14 of them gold, is finding the self-promotion of his friend and only serious rival, Ryan Lochte, just a little wearing.

Perhaps he just wanted to explain how the years move you along, how one day's burning need is tomorrow's optional extra.

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