Michael Phelps on the medal stand after winning gold in the 400 IM. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Michael Phelps won all eight potential gold medals he was seeking in Beijing, compiling a career Olympic-record total of 14 golds. Here's the rundown of the medals he won:
Mission accomplished . . .
- 400 individual medley. Easily picked up first gold with a world-record performance.
- 4 x 100 freestyle relay. Teammate Jason Lezak overcame France's Alain Bernard at the wall for a world-record victory.
- 200 freestyle. Ties career gold-medal record of nine, winning by more than a body length.
- 200 butterfly. He touched in 1 minute, 52.03 seconds, breaking his old mark of 1:52.09 set at last year's world championships in Australia. Gives him 10 golds for his career, putting him alone atop the career list.
- 4 x 200 freestyle relay. Beijing gold medal No. 5 (and career No. 11) came in easy fashion. With Phelps leading off, the American relay team of Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Peter Vanderkaay won in a world record time of 6:58.56, more than four seconds better than the previous mark.
- 200 individual medley. Phelps dominated right from the start of the 200-meter individual medley and won in 1 minute, 54.23 seconds. He knocked off his own mark of 1:54.80 set at last month's U.S. trials, his sixth world record of the games.
- 100 butterfly. Phelps beat Milorad Cavic of Serbia in the 100-meter butterfly by a hundredth of a second, setting an Olympic record in 50.58 seconds but snapping his streak of setting world records in each of his previous six gold-medal performances. With the win, Phelps matched Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in one games.
- 4 x 100-meter medley relay. Phelps and his teammates shattered the world record in the 4 x 100-meter medley relay, enabling Phelps to expunge countryman Mark Spitz's 1972 record for most golds at one Games.