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Michael Phelps: An inspiration to young athletes

1 August 2012 Last updated at 23:58 BST

The American swimmer Michael Phelps has become the most decorated Olympian in history.

He won his 19th medal after the United States claimed the gold in the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay.

Young athletes in his home town of Baltimore have been talking about the man they call an 'inspiration'.

Steve Kingstone reports.