Phelps Can’t Be Stopped: 6TH Gold Medal!

Michael Phelps scorched to his sixth gold and his sixth world record of the Beijing Olympics on Friday.Leading the way was Phelps, who now has 12 career Olympic golds, three more than anyone else.

He is closing in on Mark Spitz’s 1972 record of seven golds at a single Games — all of which also came in world best times.

The 23-year-old showed little reaction apart from a quick shake of his fist after victory in the 200 meters individual medley on Friday but burst into a broad smile on the podium later.

“I just wanted to step on it in the first 50 a little bit and try and get out to an early lead,” said Phelps. “I knew in the first half if I got a big enough lead I thought I could hang on and that’s all I wanted to do.”

He races in the 100 butterfly final just after 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, and if all goes well could be in the running to break Spitz’s record in the 4×100 medley relay final, to be held just before 11 a.m. in the Water Cube on Sunday.

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~ by Digory Kirke on August 15, 2008.

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