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Phelps wins men's 200m freestyle gold at Beijing Olympics
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10:39, August 12, 2008


Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates after winning the men's 200m freestyle final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 12, 2008. Phelps set a new world record and won the gold medal in the event with 1 minute 42.96 seconds.

American super fish Michael Phelps smashed his own world record of the men's 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday to increase his gold medal count to three at the Beijing Olympics.

Starting off unusually from Lane 6 as the fourth fastest qualifier for the final, the 23-year-old prodigy met no challenge at all to lead the squad of eight in his own pace.

After the first 50 meters, neither South Korean sensation Park Taewan nor American sprinter Peter Vanderkaay could reach Phelps' feet as he touched the wall first in one minute 42.96 seconds, shaving 0.9 second off the previous world record.

Park, who turns 19 next month, finished second with a brand new Asian record of 1:44.85, followed by Peter Vanderkaay in 1:45.14.

Phelps and teammates was on a extremely high after a remarkable win in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay Monday morning where they sensationally pushed themselves forward with veteran Jason Lezak's final stroke while five out of the eight teams surpassed the old world record mark.

But the prolific Phelps kept a cool head to swim his own race on Tuesday.

Phelps defended his title of the men's 400-meter individual medley also with a world record performance on Sunday.

Source:Xinhua

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