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Ricky Berens

Michael Phelps stands alone at the top

Michael Phelps stands alone at the top

It could have been a little more dramatic. Michael Phelps could have made us wait until the weekend to watch him win his historic 19th medal and become the most-decorated athlete in the modern history of the Olympic Games, but no matter.

Baltimore's own stands alone.

The only real suspense on Tuesday came when he was out-touched in the final of the 200 butterfly an hour before he would win gold in the 4x200 free relay, and even the brief disappointment of that silver medal pushed the greatest swimmer the world has ever seen one step closer to the top of, well, Mount Olympus.

When it came time to climb above...