Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/31/14
For swim fans of a certain vintage, Gary Hall Jr. was Michael Phelps. Only with a bigger personality. With more style. With more swagger. Hall Jr. used to waltz onto a pool deck dressed like Apollo Creed in Rocky III, blowing kisses and kissing his biceps and hoping desperately that persona would be enough to confront everything that goes into traveling 50 meters in 20-some seconds. Once the stuff was off and it was just Hall Jr. on the blocks, it was easier to see him for what he was -- the fastest man in the world at that moment. It is quite remarkable when you think about just how thin of a line it is between fast and fastest at the Olympics. "In my two individual gold-medal races, the cumulative margin of victory was 1/100th of a second," Hall Jr. said when we talked a couple of days ago. "Think about that, 1/100th. That is incredible. That is unbelievable if you think about it. And that is how close these races are in the sprints, and what is crazier is it ...
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