Phelps breaks the record

has just got his 4th gold medal at these for a total of 10 Olympics golds. Four atheletes had won nine gold medals each (including Carl Lewis) but he is the first to win 10, and may go on to win 14.

So far he has won gold in the 400m individual medley, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 200m freestyle and 200 m butterfly. He competes later today in the 4 x 200 m freestyle relay, and later in the 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly and 4 x 100 m medley relay.

What is also amazing is all four gold medals to date have broken the world records. He now holds six world records.

In 2004 he got six golds and two bronzes. The two bronzes were both in races he has already got gold for in 2008. However the relays depend on the whole team, so nothing is certain.

UPDATE: And in the 4 x 200 m freestyle relay Phelps got the team off to a huge start and they smashed the world record to get the gold. First ever relay under seven minutes – more than five seconds off the old record.

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