Michael Phelps wears all 28 Olympic medals

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Michael Phelps chose to pose with all 28 of his Olympic medals for the first time for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot.

The weight: 18 pounds, four ounces.

It’s Phelps’ 12th SI cover and his third this year. A full history is here.

Phelps has said in recent interviews that he had taken them all out once and looked at them with his wife and friend and fellow Olympic champion Allison Schmitt.

“I basically was like, this is unbelievable, it doesn’t seem real,” Phelps said. “They were both kind of, ‘It is real.'”

Phelps said he has a story for every one of his Olympic finals, from walking up to teammate Tom Malchow on the pool deck seconds before the Sydney 2000 200m butterfly to sharing his first gold medal through a chain-link fence with mother Debbie after the Athens 2004 400m individual medley to knowing during the final lap of the Rio 2016 100m butterfly that it was the way it was supposed to end.

In all, the 28 medals include 23 gold, three silver and two bronze.

2004: Six gold, two bronze
2008: Eight gold
2012: Four gold, two silver
2016: Five gold, one silver

Phelps and those close to him spoke about retirement — and the possibility of unretiring again — in the SI cover story. If Phelps chooses to unretire, he will have to re-enter a drug-testing pool and wait nine months before being eligible to compete.

“I give it eight years [until 2024, when Phelps will be 39], and then Boomer is like, ‘Come on, Dad, let’s see it one more time,'” wife Nicole said, according to SI. “Anyway, I see that being the only thing that could bring him back—to swim for Boomer.”

MORE: Phelps on why his goal number in Rio was ’40’

Allyson Felix named to US 4×400 relay pool for worlds

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Decorated U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix will be part of the 4×400 relay pool for the world championships as she rounds into elite form after giving birth.

The American squad bound for the world championships in Doha, Qatar, was announced Monday by USA Track & Field. It includes eight reigning world champions and 55 Olympians. The championships run Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 at the air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium. That will come in handy with the temperatures during the event expected to hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

An 11-time world champion, Felix won’t compete in an individual event after finishing sixth in the 400 at the U.S. championships two months ago. Her performance earned her a place in the 4×400 relay pool as the Americans try to defend their title. The 33-year-old Felix’s race at nationals was her first since giving birth to her daughter last November during an emergency C-section.

Felix’s aim is to be back in top form for the Tokyo Games next summer.

The list of Americans trying to defend their world titles in Doha include Justin Gatlin (100), Tori Bowie (100), Phyllis Francis (400), Kori Carter (400 hurdles), Christian Taylor (triple jump) , Brittney Reese (long jump), Sam Kendricks (pole vault) and Emma Coburn (steeplechase).

One of the most anticipated races at worlds will be the 200 meters, featuring a showdown between Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles in what could be a sneak peek ahead to the Tokyo Olympics. Coleman, who’s also a favorite in the 100, is eligible for worlds and next year’s Olympics after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency dropped his case for missed tests due to a technicality.

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South African sprinter Carina Horn fails doping test

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MONACO (AP) One of Africa’s fastest female sprinters, Carina Horn, has been suspended for failing a doping test.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases in track and field, says the South African is provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned substances ibutamoren and ligandrol. Both substances can develop muscles with a similar effect to anabolic steroids and have been used by bodybuilders.

No date has been set for a hearing.

Horn won silver in the 100 meters and gold in the 4×100 relay at the African championships in 2016.

Her personal best of 10.98 seconds for the 100 is the South African record. Her best time this season of 11.01 is well inside the qualifying standard for the upcoming world championships.

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