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Phelps Just Keeps Rackin’ ‘Em Up!

Mark Spitz, could you please move over just a little? American medal magnet Michael Phelps needs some room in that Olympic record book.

Phelps won his seventh gold medal of the 2008 Olympic Games here at the Water Cube Saturday taking the men’s 100 meter butterfly with a time of 50.58 over Serbia’s Milorad Cavic who clocked in at 50.59.

Australia’s Andrew Lauterstein grabbed the bronze. 

The win ties him with countryman Mark Spitz as the most prolific gold medallist in one Games. Spitz, now 58, captured seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

American Michael Phelps gives the number one sign to supporters in the stands at the National Aquatics Centre on his way to the medal ceremony for his world record victory in the men's 200 meter individual medley at the XXIX Olympic Games in Beijing August 15, 2008.

Phelps qualified for the final Thursday with the second-fastest time, a 50.97 second clocking, just five/100ths of a second back of Serbia’s Milorad Cavic who swam an Olympic record 50.92.

American teammate Ian Crocker and Australia’s Andrew Lauterstein had been the next fastest in 51.27.

There was no Canadian in the event.

Phelps’s assault started last Sunday when he won the 400 IM in a world record 4:03.84. With some help from teammate Jason Lezak, who caught French 100 freestyle champ Alain Bernard on the last leg, Phelps shared the 4×100 freestyle relay gold as the Americans won in a world record 3:08.24.

On Tuesday came the 200 free in a world record 1:42.96. Wednesday he took a double dip in the golden pond, taking the 200 butterfly in a world record 1:52.03. Later in the day he helped the U.S. win the 4×200 freestyle relay in 6:48.56, another world record.

The sixth gold and the sixth world record came on Friday when he won the 200 IM in 1:54.23.

In Munich, Spitz, now 58, won the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle and 4×100 medley relays.

If Phelps and his American medley mates hit the podium in Sunday’s medley relay, Phelps will again tie Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin for the most medals in one Games. Phelps got six gold and two bronze in Athens. Dityatin managed three gold, four silver and a bronze at the 1980 Moscow Games when the U.S.-led western boycott greatly weakened the field.

But that’s certainly not the record anyone’s talking about here.

It’s all Phelps vs. Spitz.


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