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Michael Phelps

  • Team: United States
  • Sport: Swimming
  • Date of birth: 30-Jun-1985
  • Discipline: Butterfly

Biography

At the age of 15, Phelps competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He was the youngest American male swimmer at an Olympic Games in 68 years. While he did not win a medal, he was fifth in the 200m Butterfly.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Michael won a record 8 medals, 6 of these being gold, equalling the Olympic record for medals which had been held by Alexander Dityatin since 1980.

Michael re-wrote the records book at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne winning 7 Gold Medals while breaking 5 (4 individual and 1 relay) World Records.

2008 was the most amazing year for Michael Phelps. At the Olympic Games he won eight Gold medals, the most by any Athlete at a single Games.

Michael competed in the 2009 13th FINA World Championships in Rome, walking away with five Gold and one SIlver medal. He also become the first man under 50 seconds in the 100m Butterfly event, breaking the World Record with a time of 49.82.

Most recentley Michael has bought his total number of Olympic medals up to 22 after competing in the London 2012 games. This has made him the most decorated Olympian of all times.

Now a household name, Michael has launched 'The Michael Phelps Foundation' which will promote water saftey and encourage children to lead active, healthy lives.

Records Held

World:

200m Butterfly (L/C) 1:51.51, 29th July 2009, Rome, ITA

100m Butterfly (L/C) 49:82, 1st August 2009, Rome, ITA

4x200m Freestyle Relay (L/C) 6:58.55, 31st July 2009, Rome, ITA

400m Individual Medley (L/C) 04:03.84, 10th August 2008, Beijing CHN

4x100m Freestyle Relay (L/C) 03:08.24, 11th August 2008, Beijing CHN

4x100m Medley Relay (L/C) 3:27.28, 2nd August 2009, Rome, ITA

Achievements

The most decorated Olympian.

2012 Olympic Games

1st 100 m Butterfly
1st 200 m Individual medley
1st 4×200 m Freestyle relay
1st 4×100 m Medley relay
2nd 200 m Butterfly
2nd 4×100 m Freestyle relay

2010 Pan pacific Championships USA

1st 200metres Butterfly
1st 4x200metres freestyle
1st 100metres Butterfly
1st 4x100metres freestyle relay
1st 4x100metres medley relay

2009 13th FINA World Championships

1st 4 x 400metres Freestyle Relay (Championship Record)
1st 200metres Butterfly (World Record)
1st 4 x 200metres Freestyle Relay (World Record)
1st 100metres Butterfly (World Record)
1st 4 x 100metres Medley Relay (World Record)
2nd 200metres Freestyle

2009 2009 13th FINA World Championships

1st 4 x 400metres Freestyle Relay (Championship Record)
1st 200metres Butterfly (World Record)
1st 4 x 200metres Freestyle Relay (World Record)
1st 100metres Butterfly (World Record)
1st 4 x 100metres Medley Relay (World Record)
2nd 200metres Freestyle

2008 Olympic Games

  • 1st 400m Individual Medley (World Record)
    1st 4x100m Freestyle Relay (World Record)
    1st 200m Freestyle (World Record)
    1st 200m Butterfly (World Record)
    1st 4x200m Freestyle (World Record)
    1st 200m Individual Medley (World Record)
    1st 4x100m Medley Relay (World Record)
    1st 100m Butterfly

2007 12th FINA World Championships

  • 1st 200m Freestyle (World Record) 1st 200m Butterfly (World Record)
    1st 200m IM (World Record)
    1st 400m IM (World Record)
    1st 4x200m Freestyle Relay (World Record)
    1st 4x100m Freestyle Relay (Championship Record)
    1st 100m Butterfly

2005 11th FINA World Championships

  • 1st 200m Freestyle
    1st 200m Individual Medley
    1st 4x100m Freestyle Relay
    1st 4x200m Freestyle Relay
    2nd 100m Butterfly

2004 Olympic Games

  • 1st 100m Butterfly
    1st 200m Butterfly
    1st 200m Individual Medley
    1st 400m Individual Medley
    1st 4x200m Freestyle Relay
    1st 4x100m Medley Relay
    3rd 200m Freestyle
    3rd 4x100m Freestyle Relay