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Michael Phelps : The Golden Fish: Champion of Olympic World Records : 11, and Counting!!!

August 14, 2008 4 comments

Michael Phelps : The golden fish, Champion of World Records : 11, and Counting!!!

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Michael Fred Phelps is an American swimmer and 11-time Olympic Gold medalist who holds world records in several events.

Phelps won eight medals in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, which leveled him with Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin for the most medals of any type in any one Olympics.

Overall, Phelps has won thirteen Olympic medals (eleven gold, two bronze): eight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens (six gold, two bronze) and five at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (all gold with World Records),which gave him the most gold medals of any Olympic athlete at 11.

Phelps’ international titles, along with his various world records, have resulted in him being awarded the World Swimmer of the Year Award in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and American Swimmer of the Year Award in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007.

So far, Phelps has won a total of 45 career medals: 37 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronze. This includes all the Championships he has competed in: The Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships.

Phelps has qualified to compete in eight swimming events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and is attempting to surpass fellow US swimmer Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals at one Olympics.

2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games

Michael Phelps poses for a photo with U.S. President George W. Bush after Phelps won his first Olympic gold medal in the men’s 400 meter individual medley.

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Michael Phelps with president bush

Phelps awarded the gold medal for the 400 m IM at the 2008 Summer Olympics as President George W. Bush cheers (lower left, waving flag)

Phelps is representing the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He qualified to compete in the following events:

Michael at Beijing:

Phelps 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 first leg of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay in a time of 47.51 seconds (an American record for the 100 m 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 the day before 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. Phelps became only the fifth Olympic athlete in history to win nine career gold medals, along with Mark Spitz, Larissa Latynina, Paavo Nurmi, and Carl Lewis.

The next day, Phelps would have two finals. In his first event, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps made it four events, four gold medals and four world records by swimming the final in 1:52.03, defeating silver medalist Laszlo Cseh by almost seven-tenths of a second despite his goggles filling with water and being unable to “see anything for the last 100 [meters].” This fourth gold medal was his 10th, and made him the all-time leader for most Olympic gold medals won by an individual.

Less than one hour after his gold medal victory in the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps swam the lead-off leg of the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay. He won his fifth gold and set his fifth world record as the American team finished first with a time of 6:58.56. The Americans were the first team to break the seven-minute mark in the relay, and broke the previous record, set in Melbourne, Australia, by more than four and a half seconds.

A table of his medal hunt:

Date (in Beijing) Event Results Time
August 10 400 m individual medley Gold Medal, World Record 4:03.84
August 11 4 x 100 m freestyle relay Gold Medal, World Record 3:08.24
August 12 200 m freestyle Gold Medal, World Record 1:42.96
August 13 200 m butterfly Gold Medal, World Record 1:52.03
August 13 4 x 200 m freestyle relay Gold Medal, World Record 6:58.56
August 15 200 m individual medley NA
August 16 100 m butterfly NA
August 17 4 x 100 m medley relay NA

Table of Records:

Note Distance Event Time Location Date
World Records
200 m (lc) Freestyle 1:42.96 Beijing, China 2008 August 12
200 m (lc) Butterfly 1:52.03 Beijing, China 2008 August 13
200 m (lc) Individual Medley 1:54.80 Omaha, Nebraska, USA 2008 July 4
400 m (lc) Individual Medley 4:03.84 Beijing, China 2008 August 10
4 x 100 m (lc) Freestyle Relay 3:08.24 Beijing, China 2008 August 11
4 x 200 m (lc) Freestyle Relay 6:58.56 Beijing, China 2008 August 13

Michael Phelps is whole heartedly praised by all the Americans for this achievement, and all over the world for his tremendous performance.

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Profile:

Full name: Michael Fred Phelps
Nickname(s): The Baltimore Bullet
Nationality: American
Stroke(s): Butterfly, Individual Medley, Freestyle, Backstroke
Club: Club Wolverine,
University of Michigan
Date of birth: June 30, 1985 (1985-06-30) (age 23)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 196 pounds (88 kg)

External Links:

Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Phelps

Olympics Profile : http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/BIO/Athlete/5/221565.shtml

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