Phelps wins eighth gold, US relay breaks world record

August 17th, 2008 - 11:17 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 17 (DPA) Michael Phelps Sunday broke the record for the most number of gold medals at an individual Olympic Games as he helped the US team win the 4×100m medley relay. Phelps broke the record previously held by American swimmer Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals in 1972.

The US won in a world record time of 3:29.34, beating their own world record from 2004 by 1.34 seconds.

The silver went to Australia in 3:30.04, who were also under the old best mark, while Japan took bronze in 3:31.18.

It was the 25th world record broken in the Beijing Water Cube at the Olympics and came in the final event of the swimming competition.

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