Phelps Wins Fourth Gold, Third Record

"Michael is just out of reach." bronze medalist Laszlo Cseh of Hungary said.
By Patrick Hopkins,  Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2007 5:36 PM CDT
Phelps Wins Fourth Gold, Third Record
Michael Phelps breastrokes during the men   (Getty Images (by Event))

Michael Phelps won his fourth gold medal and his third world record at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne today, this time in the 200-meter individual medley. At  1:54.98, Phelps was .86 seconds under than the old record -- also his.

Phelps' victory gives him three world titles in the 200 IM and 14 world championship medals total, also records. "He is just a phenomenon, a mutant or something," U.S. women's team captain Tara Kirk said. "He's just going for personal best times now and they just happen to be world records." (Read more Tara Kirk stories.)

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