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Phelps Loses His First Race in 5 Years, Opponent Credits Swim Suit

That's right. Michael Phelps was beat out by a no-name competitor, who acknowledged that there was a significant difference in the suits that each swimmer wore during the race. German Paul Biedermann was wearing the Arena X-Glide, an all-polyurethane suit that has a significant advantage over the the Speedo LZR racer that Phelps is paid handsomely to endorse.
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Phelps coach has vowed that the international superstar will not race in any more meets until suits like the X-Glide are banned, a move that officials say is in the works because the new suits degrade the integrity of past records.

"The suits make a difference," Biedermann told the AP. "I hope there will be a time when I can beat Michael Phelps without these suits. I hope next year. I hope it's really soon."

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