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Phelps back to home

Record-setting swimmer Michael Phelps has satisfied some of his hunger for Americana since returning to the United States from his Olympic triumphs in China but has one special rendezvous he is looking forward to.Phelps, who touched down on Wednesday after winning an unparalleled eight gold medals in the pool in Beijing, has already chatted with Tiger Woods, done the rounds of morning TV chat shows and sampled some quintessential cuisine.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

“It’s a good feeling to be back on American soil,” Phelps said on Thursday at a presentation of a grant to fund a Manhattan YMCA’s second grade swimming program, where every movement of the 14-time gold medalist in the pool brought choruses of “ooh’s” and “ah’s” from the children in the water. Phelps appeared at the YMCA to present a cheque of $20,000 from Visa to support youth swimming programs.Phelps has already done some hobnobbing, had his photographic portrait hung in the National Gallery and has more of the celebrity life lined up.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

“I was at the launch of Tiger’s new (video golf) game last night. Being able to talk to him just for a little bit. He was saying how proud he was, congratulations,” said Phelps, who joked about how he could use lessons to help his golf.A week from Saturday he will host the season-opening edition of the Saturday Night Live TV comedy show. “It’s going to be interesting. I hope I’m literally not a fish out of water on that one,” said Phelps. “I’m already getting a hard time from some of my friends about it.”Phelps is also set to make a cameo appearance in the hit TV series ‘Entourage’, where he will be seen with Kevin Connolly.The Olympic swimmer said he was looking forward to getting home. “Once I get back to Baltimore I want to see my dog. I miss the little guy,” Phelps said about his white and black English bulldog named Herman, who he has not seen in a few months. “I’m just hoping he remembers me when I see him.”

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Phelps creates record in Olympics by winning his 8th gold medal

Now the day comes for which every fan of Michael Phelps and every American was waiting.Michael Phelps set the new world record in the history of Olympics by winning 8 gold medals in a single Olympic.Now from today onwards, Sunday 17th August, is remembered as the day of every American,day of every Olympic games fan and finally the day of Michael Phelps.Michael Phelps became the first competitor in the history of the Olympics to win eight gold medals at single Games,and surpassing the record set by fellow US swimmer Mark Spitz 36 years ago. With the United States’ world record-setting victory in the men’s 4x100m medley relay, which closed the swimming competition at the Water Cube, Phelps broke the record Spitz set in Munich in 1972, and which was once thought to be unassailable. Now the Phelps total score of gold medal is 14,6 in Athens Olympics and 8 in the Beijing Olympics. His 14 career gold medals are the most of any Olympian, with his nearest rivals Spitz, athletes Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi and Gymnast Larysa Latynina – who all won nine in their careers.At the age of 23, Phelps has set a record for the total number of medals won by a male Olympian with 16.Now only only Latynina’s 18 career medals exceed Phelps’s total.

Michael Phelps (right), Aaron Peirsol (center) and Brendan Hansen (left) react during the men's 4x100m medley relay swimming final in Beijing.

Michael Phelps (right), Aaron Peirsol (center) and Brendan Hansen (left) react during the men's 4x100m medley relay swimming final in Beijing.

After winning the relay race Phelps said,”I wanted to do something no one else had done in sport. This goes hand-in-hand with my goal of changing the sport of swimming”. Phelps had opened the swimming competition with a victory in the first event, the 400m individual medley, and went on to win the 200m medley, 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle and both the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.

Seven of his golds – including the first six – all came with world records, while his seventh, in the 100m butterfly, was by a margin of just one one-hundredth of a second.On his seventh event when he was not succeeded in setting the world record he said,”It has been from getting my hand on the wall and winning by one one-hundredth to doing my best times in every event”.n Athens four years ago, Phelps won six gold medals (100m and 200m butterfly, 200 and 400m individual medley, 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay), and two bronze (200m free and 4x100m free relay).

In the last I would like to congratulate Michael Phelps and every fan of Michael Phelps on his wonderful victory and on creating a world record.

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Gold No. 7 for Michael Phelps

Now the moment came for which every one is waiting,Michael Phelps succeeded in winning his 7th gold medal.On Saturday, Michael Phelps won his 7th gold medal at Beijing Olympics with a defiant victory in the men’s 100m butterfly.With this medal Michael Phelps equals the record of winning seven gold medal at one Olympics. Phelps, seventh at the turn, snatched victory by one-hundredth of a second over Serbia’s Milorad Cavic, pounding the water in triumph and screaming with delight when he realized the enormity of his achievement.After winning the race Phelps said “I feel a little bit of everything – relief, excitement, everything.I had to take my goggles off to make sure the ‘1’ was next to my name.”

Michael Phelps after winning the race.

Michael Phelps after winning the race.

The 23-year-old American phenomenon, who had appeared invincible as he set six world records in winning his first six golds at the Water Cube, displayed the sheer force of his will as he made up a deficit of more than half a second in the final lap to win in 50.58sec with Cavic second in 50.59. The two stood stock still and staring until the starter called them onto the blocks, but at the finish it was Cavic who blinked, missing out on gold in 50.59.”When I saw the 50.58 and the 50.59 and I saw the ‘1’ next to my name, that’s when I sort of let my roar out,” Phelps said.As Cavic reached for the wall, Phelps gambled with one more stroke.”I actually thought when I did take that half stroke, I thought I had lost the race right there, but I guess that was the difference in the end,” said Phelps, who added he didn’t realize how close it was.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

It was the only one of Phelps’s five individual events in Beijing in which he both started and finished without the world record, which still belongs to fourth-placed compatriot Ian Crocker.With his seventh gold medal, Phelps matched the record that US swimmer Spitz established with seven victories at the Munich Olympics in 1972, and will have a chance to break the mark when he swims the 4x100m medley relay on Sunday. Phelps has won gold here in the 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m and 400m individual medley, 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x200m freestyle relay.Phelps, who won six gold medals in Athens, had already moved ahead of Spitz on one score here. He surpassed the US swimming icon, along with Games greats Carl Lewis, Paavo Nurmi and Larysa Latynina, who were tied for the Olympic record of nine career gold medals.With his seventh Beijing triumph Phelps took his career total of Games gold to 13.

Now let see on Sunday,whether Michael Phelps will succeed in breaking the record of Spitz of winning 7 gold medals in one Olympics.

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5 gold in a row for Michael Phelps

American swimmer Michael Phelps won his fifth gold medal in the Beijing Olympics as the United States smashed the world record to easily win the 4×200 metres freestyle relay in a time of 6:58.56 seconds on Wednesday. Phelps swam the lead-off leg in a time of 1:43.31 to give his team a handsome lead which team-mates Ryan Lochte, Rickey Berens and Peter Vanderkaay were never in danger of losing.Before this Michael Phelps won his fourth gold medal in the men’s 200 metres butterfly in world record time at Beijing’s Water Cube on Wednesday. Phelps touched in 1:52.03, Hungarian Laszlo Cseh took the silver medal and Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda the bronze as the American bettered his previous world record time, set at the world championships in Melbourne last year, by 0.06 seconds.

Michael Phelps in action

Michael Phelps in action

Michael Phelps after winning the race.

Michael Phelps after winning the race.

Michael Phelps with his medal.

Michael Phelps with his medal.

As all we know that Phelps, who won six golds in Athens four years ago,now his total score is 11 gold medals and he became the most successful Olympian of all time. Each of his five medals in Beijing have come in world best times and he is within reach of Spitz’s record of seven golds in one games. Each of Spitz’s 1972 golds came in record times.In his fifth swimming race Phelps facing some problem with his goggles and said he had been disturbed by a problem with his goggles and was typically nonchalant about his result.He also added that “My goggles filled up with water all the time and I had difficulty seeing the walls,” he said. “I wanted a world record, I wanted a 1.51 or better but under the circumstances, it’s not a bad result.”

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