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Michael Phelps -- Different Strokes

5/17/2009 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Stupid people who are circling Michael Phelps as if he's washed up. So, he lost the backstroke to Aaron Peirsol yesterday at the North Carolina meet. But here's the deal -- the backstroke is not his thing -- he didn't even compete in the backstroke in the Olympics.

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P.S. he won the 200m freestyle and the 100m butterfly at the N.C. meet ... cynics!

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