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Michael Phelps Voted AP Male Athlete Of Year

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Gold medallist  Michael Phelps of the United States kisses his medal following the medal ceremony for the Men's 4x100m medley Relay Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Gold medallist Michael Phelps of the United States kisses his medal following the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4x100m medley Relay Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

AP – Michael Phelps has added another triumph to his list of accomplishments: The Associated Press male athlete of the year.

The retired swimmer edged out LeBron James in voting announced Thursday, a fitting payoff for winning four golds and two silvers at the London Games, as well as recognition for becoming the most decorated Olympian ever.

Phelps finished with 40 votes in the media balloting, winning the award for the second time. James had 37, followed by track star Usain Bolt with 23.

Carl Lewis is the only other Olympic-related star to capture AP male athlete of the year more than once, taking the award in 1983 and `84 for track and field. The only men honored more than twice are golf’s Tiger Woods, cyclist Lance Armstrong and basketball’s Michael Jordan.

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