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Michael Phelps Does It!…

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

 BREAKING NEWS

Eighth wonder! Phelps wins record gold

 

Brendan Hanson, left, Aaron Peirsol and Michael Phelps react as Jason Lezak brings home the gold in world record time during the men’s 4 x 100m medley relay swimming final . (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

 

By Randy Harvey

 

BEIJINGBob Beamon won a gold medal 40 years ago with a long jump that still stands as an Olympic record. It was such an amazing jump that feats considered comparable for years to become were called Beamonesque.

Will spectacular achievements now be known as Phelpsian? The remarkable Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal Sunday, breaking Mark Spitz’s single Games record of seven gold medals that stood almost as long as Beamon’s, 36 years.

 

Phelps, 23, of Baltimore, won the record breaker in a relay, the 400-meter medley. Unlike the 400 freestyle relay last Monday, in which his record quest was kept alive by Jason Lezak’s phenomenal come-from-behind anchor leg, Phelps had to rely to a great extent on himself in this one.

 

The United States was in third place when he dived into the water on the third leg, the butterfly. He swam it in 50.15, more than seventh-tenths ahead of Japan’s Takuro Fujii, who had hit the water first, and almost a full second ahead of Australia’s Andrew Lauterstien, who had dived in just ahead of Phelps.

 

He handed over a relatively comfortable lead to Jason Lezak, whose heroics weren’t necessary this time to bring the United States home in a world-record time of 3:29.34. Australia finished second in 3:30.04. Japan was third in 3:31.18.

 

In eight finals, Phelps either produced or helped produce seven world records.

 

“It’s been such an unbelievable roller coaster,” Phelps said. “It’s been such an unbelievable ride. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it took was a little imagination.

 

“I don’t know what to feel right now. It’s so emotional. All I want to do is go see my mom.”

 

For his career, Phelps now has 14 gold medals, five more than anyone else in history, and 16 medals, second only to Soviet gymnast Laryssa Latynina’s 18.

 

London calling?

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Phelps Ties with Spitz…

Friday, August 15th, 2008

BREAKING NEWS

Michael Phelps speeds to 7th gold

 

 

Michael Phelps celebrates winning the gold in the men’s 100-meter butterfly final. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

 

By Randy Harvey 

 

BEIJINGMilo Cavic, the Serbian who grew up in Tustin, said he wanted to be the spoiler in Michael Phelps’ quest to become the first athlete to win seven gold medals in a single Olympics since Mark Spitz. Cavic almost pulled it off.

 

Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly Saturday, but it was his closet individual race yet. Cavic appeared to make a mistake right at the end, gliding after the last stroke instead of swimming all the way to the wall, and enabled Phelps to touch first.

 

Although it was the seventh gold for Phelps, it was the first time he hasn’t set or been part of a world record here. He won in an Olympic record of 50.68. Cavic was second in 50.59.

 

Cavic, who swam for UC Berkeley, dominated the first half of the race, swimming the first 50 in 23.42. Phelps actually was sixth in the eight-man final at 24.04. But he came on strong in the final 50, setting up his attempt to break the all-time record when he swims in the 400 medley relay Sunday (Saturday night in Los Angeles). If he wins, that will give him eight gold medals for Beijing and 14 for his remarkable career.

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