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Russian record-holder says she's happy for Phelps
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Soviet Gymnast Larisa Latynina poses for a photograph during an interview in Moscow May 25, 2012. Latynina, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will cheer American swimmer Michael Phelps in his bid to break her record at the London Games. Picture taken May 25, 2012. To match Interview OLY-GYMN-LATYNINA-ADV9/(INTERVIEW, PIX)    REUTERS/Gennady Fyodorov (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT GYMNASTICS OLYMPICS SWIMMING)
Soviet Gymnast Larisa Latynina poses for a photograph during an interview in Moscow May 25, 2012. Latynina, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will cheer American swimmer Michael Phelps in his bid to break her record at the London Games. Picture taken May 25, 2012. To match Interview OLY-GYMN-LATYNINA-ADV9/(INTERVIEW, PIX) REUTERS/Gennady Fyodorov (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT GYMNASTICS OLYMPICS SWIMMING)
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MOSCOW: 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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