Phelps Makes History: 11 Golds

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2008 9:23 PM CDT
Michael Phelps of the United States smiles after setting a world record to win the men's 200-meter butterfly.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Michael Phelps now has more gold medals than any athlete who's ever competed in the Olympics. The 23-year-old American swimmer won his fourth and fifth golds of the Beijing Games with world-record victories in the 200 butterfly and the 4x200 relay. He now has 11 gold medals in his career, two more than any other Olympian. He's not done yet, of course. Though he won't speak of it publicly, Phelps has a chance to win a record 8 golds in a single Olympiad.