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Michael Phelps 'probably not' greatest Olympian, says Sebastian Coe

Michael Phelps on the podium during the medal

Michael Phelps on the podium during the medal ceremony after the Men's 200 m Butterfly final. (July 31, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

American swimmer Michael Phelps is "probably not" the greatest Olympic champion of all time, despite winning a record total of 19 medals, London 2012 Games chief Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

Phelps eclipsed the previous record of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's 18 medals, when the U.S. won gold in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay at the aquatic centre on Tuesday night.

Coe, a former Olympic champion himself, said: "I think you can say it is self-evident that he is the most successful. I am not sure he is the greatest.

"It is a pretty good haul, but who is the greatest? In my opinion he is probably not."


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