posted on Aug, 14 2004 @ 11:55 AM
ATHENS (Reuters) - Michael Phelps made the perfect start to his bid to win a record eight gold medals in Athens when he broke his own world record to
win the 400 meters individual medley Saturday.
The American teen-ager pulled away from his rivals to win the gold in four minutes 08.26 seconds and shave 0.15 seconds off the previous mark of
4:08.41 which he set in California last month.
Erik Vendt finished second in 4:11.81 to complete a U.S. one-two while Hungary's Laszlo Cseh took the bronze in 4:12.15 but neither was able to mount
a serious challenge to Phelps.
The 19-year-old from Baltimore, who is attempting to better Mark Spitz' record of seven gold medals at a single Olympics, set the fastest qualifying
time for the final and blew his opponents away in the race for gold.
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