US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps broke his own world record in the 400-metre individual medley, making a time of 4 minutes, 3.84 seconds and garnering his first gold in the Beijing games.
American superstar Michael Phelps smashed his world record in winning the first of a potential record-breaking eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics swimming competition on Sunday.
The 23-year-old shattered his record in comfortably winning the 400 metres individual medley gold medal in four minutes 03.84 seconds.
Phelps carved 1.41 seconds off his mark of 4:05.25 set at the American trials in Omaha last June.
Phelps, watched by US President George W.Bush in the stands, beat home Hungary's Laszlo Cseh (4:06.16) and teammate Ryan Lochte (4:08.09).
It was Phelps's seventh career Olympic gold medal and ninth overall as he chases down Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record of seven golds at one Games.
Phelps's exacting campaign to achieve that will entail at least 17 races, but he showed he was up to the challenge by being under world record pace throughout the 400m medley final.
He was challenged by Lochte in the second backstroke leg with his teammate slightly ahead of him at one stage.
But Phelps finished powerfully in the breaststroke and freestyle legs to convincingly win gold.
Date created : 2008-08-10