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Phelps bags "largest single sponsorship for a Western celebrity in China"

Posted Jan 14 2009 4:45pm

Phelps Michael Phelps is reportedly back in China filming a television commercial for Mazda.

The superstar of the Being Olympics is by recent media accounts getting paid over a million dollars to endorse the Mazda brand in China.

"It' s believed to be the largest single sponsorship deal for a foreign celebrity in the country." as reported by

"I am slowly getting back in the water more and more, you know, hopefully I' ll get a few workouts in before I go home, and then once I get back home it' s time to get back in the water and really start to train for the next four years," reveals Phelps.

Phelps lost to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt edged in the race for the 2008 athlete of the year by the international media.

In a poll by the International Sports Press Association, journalists from 96 nations gave Bolt a narrow edge of 1673 points to 1557 over Phelps."

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