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Bush calls Phelps to congratulate

other Updated: Aug 18, 2008 16:48 IST

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Michael Phelps' eight Olympic gold medals record earned him a call from US President George W Bush.

Bush telephoned Phelps on Sunday and told the American swimming sensation: "if you can handle eight gold medals, you can handle anything."

"Laura and I are proud of you. Our family is proud of you, but most importantly, America is proud of you," Bush, who was on his Texas ranch, was quoted as saying in China Daily.

"We're excited for you. You handled yourself with humility. Give your mom a big hug for me," Bush said.

Phelps, competing in his third Olympics, took his total of Olympic titles to a record 14, including six from Athens 2004, where he also claimed two bronze.