Michael Phelps

Aug 11, 2004 03:31 PM IST

Phelps is the first US male to qualify for five swimming events and break the record for the highest number of medals in a single Olympics.

Born: June 30, 1985
Country: United States of America
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 88.5 kgs
Events: Swimming (200m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly, 200m IM, 400m IM)

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Records:
2000 World Championships: 1st 200m butterfly (1:54.58, WR)
2000 Pan Pacs: 1st 4x100m medley relay (3:33.48, WR)
2003 World Championships: 1st 200m butterfly, 1st 200m medley (1:56.04, World Record), 1st 400m Ind. medley (4:09.09, World Record), 2nd 100m butterfly, 2nd 4x200m free relay

Michael Phelps made a solid case as the world's best all-round swimmer since appearing at the 2000 Sydney Games as a 15-year-old, the youngest male swimmer on the US Olympic team in 68 years.

In the 200m freestyle, he will be face-to-face with world record holder, Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett, plus defending Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands.

His first major win came at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan where he won his first world title in the 200m by lowering the world record to 1:54.58.

His performance in the US Olympics trials was considered remarkable by many as on the opening night of the 2004 Olympic Trials, he chopped .68 of a second off his 400m IM record with a time of 4:08.41. He then went on to win the 200m free. After that Phelps finished second to Aaron Peirsol in the 200m backstroke and won the 200m IM, becoming the first American man to qualify for an Olympics in five individual swimming events. On day 7, Phelps qualified in his sixth event, the 100m butterfly, by placing second to Ian Crocker.

Apart from the individual events he will also been seen in the three relay categories which grants him a chance to break the record for the highest number of medals in a single Olympics, set by Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin at the 1980 Moscow Olympics along with Mark Spitz’s record for the highest gold medal set in 1972. 

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