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Michael Phelps

Updated:2008-07-09 09:15 |

  Athens, 14 August, Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. Men‘s swimming: Michael PHELPS of the United States competes in the 400m individual medley final at the main pool of the Olympic Aquatic Centre. Credit: Getty Images/Shaun Botterill

  Other names: PHELPS II, Michael

  Born: 30 June 1985

  Birthplace: Baltimore (USA)

  Nationality: USA

  Sport: Aquatics


  Sydney 2000

  Athens 2004


  Olympic medals:

  Gold: 6

  Bronze: 2

  Eight swimming medals in one Olympics

  When he was only 15 years old, Michael Phelps competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, placing fifth in the 200m butterfly. The following year he broke the world record for the event, becoming, at age 15 years 9 months, the youngest male ever to set a swimming world record.

  Four months later, he won his first world championship, setting another world record in the 200 butterfly. Phelps caused a sensation at the 2003 World Championships. Not only did he earn four gold medals and two silver medals, but he set four world records. In 2004, he became the first swimmer to qualify for the Olympics in six individual events. (He decided not to compete in the 200m backstroke).

  At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Phelps began his assault on the record books on the first day of competition, winning the 400m individual medley by 3 ? seconds and setting a world record. The next day he added a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay, and the day after that he picked up another bronze by setting a personal record in the 200m freestyle.

  On 17 August Phelps beat out Takashi Yamamoto of Japan to win the 200m butterfly and, an hour later, he swam the leadoff leg for the U.S. 4x200m freestyle relay team that held off the Australians and gained the victory. Phelps‘ next gold-medal victory came in the 200m individual medley, which he won by 1.64 seconds.

  In the 100m butterfly, he barely out touched teammate Ian Crocker for his seventh medal. Finally, Phelps gained a gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay by swimming the preliminary heats. By so doing, he joined gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin as the only athletes to earn eight medals at a single Olympics.

Editor : LiuAnqi

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