5 races, 5 golds, 5 world records...so far! Even I am buying into the hype and rooting for him to go for 8 golds now. Maybe 8 is a lucky number for Phelps too. Maybe he can get to 8 golds and 8 world records in 8 finals races; which I suspect may be his personal goal for the Olympics!
On the fifth day of swimming at the Beijing Games, Phelps collected his fourth and fifth gold medals, becoming the career leader in Olympic golds with 11. He broke his own world record in the 200-meter butterfly of 1 minute 52.03 seconds, trimming 0.06 off his 17-month-old mark even though his goggles filled with water when he dived into the water.
Less than an hour later, Phelps led off the United States' 4x-200 freestyle relay in 1:43.31, almost three seconds faster than his nearest competitor, to set the tone for the Americans' rousing victory. The squad of Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Peter Vanderkaay clocked a 6:58.56 — the first sub-seven minute performance — to finish 5.14 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Russia, which was only 0.46 seconds off the listed world record.
"My goals are very personal, very private"Whatever they are... I'm rooting for him to get to 08-08-08 at these Olympics which started on 08/08/08. :)