Spitz not resentful about Phelps' record gold haul

November 12, 2009|By Sports Digest

Mark Spitz says he's not bitter about losing swimming's most sacred record to Michael Phelps, who 15 months ago cemented a spot in Olympic history with eight gold medals, one more than Spitz won in 1972. "It's sort of like I'm the first man on the moon," Spitz said. "He's the second man on the moon. He collected more rocks." Phelps of Baltimore also is collecting scrutiny. "Of course, there's a lot of pressure," Spitz said. He said, "Michael is not a perfect person, and neither am I," a reference to Phelps' having been photographed last November inhaling from a marijuana pipe. "People are going to expect a lot from him."

Short-course World Cup: Andrew Cosgarea of Owings Mills finished ninth in the 1,500-meter freestyle final in 15:16.03.

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