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Phelps out on his own with eighth gold medal — your views
Michael Phelps completed his record-breaking haul of eight gold medals at one Games on Sunday, beating fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz’s seven from Munich in 1972.
This one was never in much doubt — in stark contrast to the ‘fingernail’ win in yesterday’s butterfly — as he and his American team won the 4 x 100 metres medley relay comfortably. It took his overall tally to 14 from two Games.
He was already the athlete with most Olympic gold medals; now he has overtaken Spitz’s record too.
Not everyone may regard him as the greatest Olympian ever, but this was surely the greatest single feat at one Games.
What do you think?