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Phelps wins 100m butterfly with stunning comeback

LONDON — After a dozen years and four of these quadrennial splashfests, there was only one way for Michael Phelps to finish his solo swimming career. Standing atop the podium with a gold medal around his neck, the American flag hoisted aloft and the Star-Spangled Banner playing.

“This one was awesome,” the greatest swimmer and most bemedaled Olympian of all time proclaimed Friday night after he’d won his last individual race with arguably his greatest performance, storming out of seventh place at the turn to win the 100-meter butterfly by 23-100ths of a second in 51.21 ahead of South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin, who dead-heated for the silver.

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