BEIJING (AP) - Michael Phelps is done swimming into Olympic
history and says that while everything's accomplished he'll "have
the medals forever."
Phelps' record eighth and final gold medal of the Olympics was a
team effort, the 400-meter medley relay, with Phelps' strong third
leg giving the lead to Jason Lezak who held on for the gold and
another world record.
Phelps locked arms with his three teammates, as though they were
in a football huddle calling a play, then hugged each one of them.
Phelps' performance eclipses Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance
at the 1972 Munich Games.
And the announcer at the Water Cube summed it up this way: "The
Beijing Olympics has witnessed the greatest Olympian of all time,
Michael Phelps of the USA."
Phelps' feat includes five individual medals and three team
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