Michael Phelps’ Quest

Michael Phelps leaves rivals trailing in his wake on his way to smashing his own 200 IM world record and placing him within two gold medals of breaking Mark Spitzs record of seven at a single Games.

Michael Phelps leaves rivals trailing in his wake on his way to smashing his own 200 IM world record and placing him within two gold medals of breaking Mark Spitz's record of seven at a single Games.

Michael Phelps is looking to become the most decorated Olympian in history, vying for eight gold medals in a single Games. Phelps made it 6-for-6 at the Beijing Games with another world-record triumph Friday, his bid to take down Mark Spitz and the grandest of Olympic records looking less suspenseful by the day.

Race Breakdown:

  • Race No. 1 — 400-meter IM: Phelps kept pace with teammate Ryan Lochte and László Cseh in his weakest discipline, the breaststroke, before putting the hammer down in the freestyle to win his first gold of the Games.
  • Race No. 2 — 4×100 free relay: Phelps almost saw his run end, but Jason Lezak came back in the final leg to help the U.S. men edge France to win gold in one of the most memorable relay races in Olympic history.
  • Race No. 3 — 200 freestyle: Phelps easily won his third gold of the Games and ninth of his career in one of his strongest events. He also broke his own world record (1:42.96).
  • Race No. 4 — 200 butterfly: It wasn’t even close, folks. Phelps controlled the race from the beginning to win, breaking his own world record and becoming the most decorated gold medalist in Olympic history.
  • Race No. 5 — 4×200 free relay: Phelps chose to swim the first leg of the relay and immediately set the tone. By the time Peter Vanderkaay swam the anchor leg, the Americans held a five-body-length lead.
  • Race No. 6 — 200 individual medley: Phelps dominated right from the start of the 200-meter IM and powered away to win in 1:54.23 seconds, another world record. Less than an hour later, Phelps won his 100 butterfly qualifier.

Race No. 7 — 100m butterfly & Race No. 8 — 4x100m medley relay will be Saturday and Sunday morning Beijing time; Friday and Saturday night in the US.

Updates as they are available.

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~ by Josh on August 15, 2008.

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