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Michael Phelps Stands Alone in Olympic History

Written by:
Alistair Prescott
Published on:
Aug/12/2008

The greatest Olympic champion of all time, Michael Phelps not only broke the Men's 200m Butterfly record, he has now broken the record for most gold medals won in Olympics history.

Phelps is attempting to beat Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals at one Olympics.  He added on with the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay about an hour afterwards.  Team USA came in at record time under 7 minutes in that event.  Russia took the silver and Australia took the bronze.

Phelps had broken a record for the 25th time and he was preparing for another gold medal later tonight.

He set an Olympic record in the preliminary heats of the men's 400-meter individual medley. He followed that up in the final by winning the gold medal, as well as breaking his previous world record by nearly two seconds.

Phelps swam the 1st leg of the men's 4x100m freestyle relay in a time of 47.51 seconds (an American record for the 100m freestyle), and won his second gold medal of the 2008 Olympics, as well as setting his second world record of the Olympics (3:08.24). Teammate Jason Lezak finished ahead of the silver medalists French team by eight hundredths of a second. The top five teams in the final finished ahead of the world record of 3:12.23 set earlier in the day by the American B team in a preliminary heat.

For his third race, Phelps broke his previous World Record in the 200-meter freestyle by nearly a second and won his third gold medal. He also set his third world record at the Olympics, 1:42.96, winning by nearly two seconds over silver medalist Park Tae-hwan.

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