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2008 - DetailAugust 17, 2008 - Michael Phelps, the United States swimmer from Baltimore, wins his 8th Gold Medal of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games, surpassing the record of seven won by Mark Spitz.
When Michael Phelps hit the pool for the 2008 Beiing Olympics, he had already won six gold medals and two bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and had represented the USA four years earlier in Sydney, failing to medal there. The expectations for Beiing were even higher than Athens, having won seventeen gold medals at the intervening World Championships. Phelps would attempt to break the Mark Spitz record, set in 1972 in Munich, of seven gold medals (two individual in the butterfly, two individual in the freestyle, and three relay medals).
Michael Phelps, born June 30, 1985, would win five individual medals (two medley, two butterfly, one freestyle) and three relay medals in the 2008 Beiing Games. The final medal would be in the Seven World Records were recorded in these events.
2008 Beijing OlympicsGold: 200 meter Freestyle, 1:42.96 (World Record)
Gold: 100 meter Butterfly, 50.58 (Olympic Record)
Gold: 200 meter Butterfly, 1:52.03 (World Record)
Gold: 200 meter Medley, 1:54.23 (World Record)
Gold: 400 meter Medley, 4:03.84 (World Record)
Gold: 4 x 100 meter Freestyle Relay, 3:08.24 (World Record)
Gold: 4 x 200 meter Freestyle Relay, 6:58.56 (World Record)
Gold: 4 x 100 meter Medley Relay, 3:29.34 (World Record)
Photo above: Phelps after winning his eighth gold medal in the Beiing Olympics 2008. Below: Phelps on his way to the wall and victory at the London Olympics 2012. Photos courtesy: Wikipedia Commons.