Phelps wins seventh medal, fifth gold

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- American Michael Phelps won his fifth Olympic gold medal Friday night and teammate Gary Hall pulled off a surprise by capturing the 50-meter freestyle.

Olympic Medal: Men's 100 Butterfly

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the men's 100 butterfly:

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Thursday's Olympic Highlights

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Thursday's highlights at the Olympics:

Peirsol disqualified, reinstated for gold

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Aaron Peirsol won an Olympic gold medal Thursday night, lost it and then claimed it again to make it a big swimming evening for the United States.

Olympic Medal: Men's 200 Individual Medley

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the men's 200 individual medley:

Tuesday's Olympic Highlights

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Tuesday's highlights from the Olympics:

Phelps wins second and third Olympic gold

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- American swimmer Michael Phelps won his second and third gold medals of the Olympics Tuesday night and had teammate Klete Keller to thank for it.

Olympic Medal: Men's 200 Butterfly

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the men's 200 butterfly:

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Monday's Olympic Highlights

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Monday's highlights at the Olympics:

Thorpe wins swimming showdown with Phelps

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Australian Ian Thorpe won his swimming duel with American Michael Phelps Monday night, leaving the record of Mark Spitz safe for another four years.

Olympic Medal: Men's 200 Freestyle

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the men's 200 freestyle:

Sunday's Olympic Highlights

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Sunday's highlights from the Olympics:

Record bid by Phelps ends quickly

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The bid by Michael Phelps to win eight Olympic gold medals ended Sunday night when the United States finished third in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
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Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps accepts best championship performance award at the taping of the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 15, 2009. The awards show will be telecast on ESPN July 19. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Michael Fred Phelps (born June 30, 1985) is an American swimmer who has, overall, won 16 Olympic medals—six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at Beijing in 2008, becoming the most successful athlete at both of these Olympic Games editions. In doing so he has twice equaled the record eight medals of any type at a single Olympics achieved by Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games. His five golds in individual events tied the single Games record set by compatriot Eric Heiden in the 1980 Winter Olympics and equaled by Vitaly Scherbo at the 1992 Summer Games. Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics; his eight at the 2008 Beijing Games surpassed American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at Munich in 1972. Phelps' Olympic medal total is second only to the 18 Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina won over three Olympics, including nine gold. Furthermore, he holds the all-time record for most individual gold Olympic medals, at nine.

Phelps's international titles and record breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award six times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eight times. He has won a total of sixty-six medals in major international competition, fifty-four gold, nine silver, and three bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.

After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. As a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency's "Project Believe" program, Phelps is regularly tested to ensure that his system is clean of performance-enhancing drugs.

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