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DAY 3: Michael Phelps Makes History

Michael Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday morning for his ninth career Olympic gold medal, tying the all-time record.

It was easy.

Phelps finished more than a body length ahead of Korea’s Park Taehwan, smashing his own world record by .90 seconds to finish in 1 minute, 42.96 seconds.

U.S. teammate Peter Vanderkaay took bronze behind Park.

Phelps’ ninth career medal — and third of the Beijing Games — moved him into a five-way tie with U.S. swimming great Mark Spitz, American track and field star Carl Lewis, former Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina and Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi for the most gold medals all-time at the Olympics.

It was Phelps’ 11th Olympic medal overall, moving him into a tie with Spitz and Matt Biondi for the most among male swimmers.

Well on his way to challenging Spitz’s 36-year-old record of seven gold medals in one Olympics, Phelps may have his three toughest tasks out of the way.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he also chased Spitz on the way to winning six gold medals as a 19-year-old, Phelps settled for bronze twice to come up short.

He finished third in the 400-meter freestyle relay and was beaten by two of the greatest 200-meter freestyle swimmers of all time: Ian Thorpe and Pieter van den Hoogenband.

Now Phelps has gold in both events — saved by Jason Lezak’s thrilling anchor leg in the 400 freestyle relay on Monday for his second gold, and an easy winner Tuesday in the 200 freestyle.

He also made it through the grueling 400-meter individual medley on Sunday to win his first gold in Beijing in world-record time.

If Phelps goes on to break Spitz’s Holy Grail record for gold medals in one Olympics — or even if he wins eight medals of any kind here — Phelps would be the all-time winningest medal winner among male Olympians with 16.

Next up for Phelps is a night off from preliminaries after swimming in the first six swimming sessions here.


Medals the US won today:


Women’s trap final:

1 S Makela-Nummela (Fin) 91 pts Gold

2 Z Stefecekova (Svk) 89 Silver

3 C Cogdell (US) 86+1/1 Bronze

American Natalie Coughlin turned the tables on Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry to win the 100 metres backstroke gold medal at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday.

American Natalie Coughlin turned the tables on Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry to win the 100 meters backstroke gold medal at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday.
Coughlin held off the fast-finishing Coventry to touch the wall first in 58.96 seconds, just 0.19 outside the world record of 58.77 the Zimbabwean set during Monday’s semi-finals.
Coventry finished second in 59.19 to claim her second silver medal in Beijing after being runner-up in the 400 individual medley while American Margaret Hoelzer won bronze in 59.34.
Coughlin, who won a relay silver on the first day of finals in Beijing, also won the 100 backstroke title at Athens and becomes the first woman to defend the title since the event was first introduced to the Olympics in 1924.

One Response to “DAY 3: Michael Phelps Makes History”

  1. Michael is going to get so many more kids into swimming now, I’m happy for the sport!

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