Michael Phelps wins seventh gold medal, ties Mark Spitz’s record

United States' Michael Phelps reacts as he wins gold in the final of the men's 100-meter freestyle during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing,

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If you didn’t see this event you missed the biggest single event in Olympic History. I saw it after my boyfriend had gone to bed. I’m surprised I didn’t wake him up I went so Nuts. Here’s what happened:

Milorad Cavic is a 24-year-old Serbian-American with controversy in his past and boldness in his persona. A day before the King of the Olympic Pool went for yet another historic splash, Cavic, an emergent swimming sensation, showed a poolside strut that was worthy of a 100-meter runner.

“It would be nice if historians talk about Michael Phelps winning seven gold medals, and losing the eighth to some guy,” said Cavic, of Berkley CA. “I’d like to be that guy.”

Cavic, alas, did not turn out to be that guy. Nobody did. In his second-to-last Olympic swim and the shortest individual race on his menu – the 100-meter butterfly – the 23-year-old Phelps used an extraordinary charge in the final meters to overtake Cavic and win his seventh gold medal in as many events Saturday morning. Phelps tied Mark Spitz’s total from Munich in 1972, and earned himself a $1 million bonus from Speedo.

Phelps’ time was 50.58. The victory ran his career gold-medal total to 13 – more than any other Olympic athlete. It was his closest race of the Games, his margin of victory .01 seconds over Cavis, who clocked 50.59.

Phelps had said beforehand that in the 100 fly the whole key would be to get out fast, and not let the sprinters in the pool get away from him.

“If I’m there at the 50, I’ll be there at the end,” said Phelps, who will go for No.8 in the 4×100 medley relay Sunday morning.

If Phelps wins gold in his next (last) event he will be the first person the the history of the Olympics to have a perfect Olympics, winning gold in every event they competed in. GO MICHAEL!

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~ by Digory Kirke on August 16, 2008.

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