Phelps seeks to hike worlds medal haul; Chinas Sun eyes 1500m freestyle mark
Phelps, 26, who is back in China, scene of his record-breaking haul of eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, surged at the turn to capture the mens 100 fly in 50.71 seconds. It gave the American swimming star his second individual gold, hiking his medal haul to six in world championship in Shanghai.
July 31, 2011 09:26 am EDT
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Though disappointed with his time in the 100 butterfly, American swimming star Michael Phelps managed to add another gold medal courtesy of the event at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai Saturday night.
The 26-year-old Phelps, who is back in China, scene of his record-breaking haul of eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, launched his attack at the turn that vaulted him from third en route to a time of 50.71 seconds.
Poland’s Konrad Czerniak finished at 51.15 for second, while Phelps fellow American took the bronze in 51.26.
It marked the second individual gold medal and third gold in the swimming tournament for Phelps, who also has two silvers and a bronze.
Phelps, who lost both head-to-head matchups with teammate Ryan Lochte in the 200 free and 200 individual medley, will be seeking to hike his medal haul in the final day of competition.
Phelps is set to compete in one more event - - the 400 medley relay Sunday.
Meanwhile, America’s newest swimming sensation Missy Franklin took the spotlight on her final night at the world championships Saturday, when she set two American records.
The 16-year-old from Centennial, Colo., completely dominated the 200 backstroke with an American mark of 2 minutes and 5-10 seconds, the third-fastest ever.
She also anchored the U.S. women to victory in the 400 medley. Franklin, along with Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer, dominated the event in record time of 3:52.36.
That feat gave the Americans their first relay gold at the worlds since 1998.
Meanwhile, another record is expected to be shattered by Chinese crowd favorite Sun Yang
Sun is touted to surpass Grant Hackett’s decade-long 1500m freestyle world record Sunday.
Former Australian star swimmer Hackett, who won the men’s 1500m freestyle at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, owns the world record in the event at 14:34.56, set at the 2001 world championships in Japan.
At last year’s Asian Games, Sun came within a second of Hackett’s mark, which is also the oldest record still standing in world swimming.
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