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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps has won his seventh gold medal at the Beijing Games - by the smallest allowable margin - to tie U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz's record for gold medals at a single Olympics.
Phelps made an incredible comeback to win the 100-meter butterfly Saturday by a mere one-100th of a second over Serbia's Milorad Cavic. The 23-year-old American was in a distant seventh place as he came to the turn in the two-lap event.
The race was so close the Serbians lodged a protest with the Olympic committee. However, the International Aquatics Federation overruled the appeal and declared Phelps the winner. Cavic says he is very happy winning the silver medal. The 100-meter butterfly race is the first victory of these games in which Phelps did not set a world record, but his result did set a new Olympic record.
Women set new world records in the pool. Rebecca Adlington of Britain broke American Janet Evans' 19-year-old world record on her way to winning the women's 800-meter freestyle race in 8:14.1.