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Olympics swimming: Larisa Latyina says she's happy for Phelps

5:54 AM, Aug 1, 2012   |    comments
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NATALIYA VASILYEVA
Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) - The gymnast whose career record for most Olympic medals was broken by Michael Phelps says she doesn't mind that the American swimmer has surpassed her mark.

Larisa Latynina, who won 18 medals in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics while competing for the Soviet Union, was at the Aquatics Centre in London on Tuesday to watch Phelps, and she says she was happy for him.

She tells The Associated Press in a telephone interview: "I saw him swim, and I saw my record swim away."

The 77-year-old adds: "He's very talented - no doubt about that."

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