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Michael Phelps: the joy of six

August 15, 2008

Phelps joy

Six races, six world records and six gold medals: there really is no stopping Michael Phelps at these Games.

The man from Baltimore finished over a second ahead of his closest rival, Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, in the men’s 200 metres individual medley on Friday to close to within one of Mark Spitz’s record of seven golds at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Ryan Lochte, pictured above, was third.

Phelps is targeting eight golds in Beijing and who would now bet against him?

Continuing the theme of Phelps becoming an independent sovereign nation (see yesterday’s post) this latest success would be enough to put him level in the medals table with South Korea and Italy (if you include the relays) and behind only China, the U.S. and Germany.

Not bad for one man and his goggles.


As a parent that has two kids involved in swimming and know how hard it is to reach to that level, I can only simply say “That is amazing!”

Posted by sdlc | Report as abusive

No argument there, sdlc. It’s shaping up to be the greatest achievement in an Olympic Games.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

He makes it look easy…so easy that friends of mine in Germany and China are saying that if a German or Chinese swimmer were breaking records by these sorts of margins there would be doping accusations flying.So I’m really glad Phelps addressed the issue in a news conference today himself: “Anyone is able to say whatever they want. I know that I am clean. I did ‘Project Believe’ with USADA (U.S Anti Doping Agency) where I purposely wanted to do more tests to prove that,” said Phelps. “People can question all they want but the facts are facts and I have the results to prove it.”

Posted by Erik Kirschbaum | Report as abusive

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