Phelps Wins Second Gold, Jones Makes History at the Water Cube


Michael Phelps said he lost his voice after winning his second gold medal at the Water Cube in Beijing, as he and his teammates Garrett Weber-Gale, Jason Lezak, and Cullen Jones set a new record in the 4×100 freestyle relay, nudging out France for a time of three minutes 8.24 seconds:

“In the pool, Phelps’ attempt at breaking Mark Spitz’s record of seven golds in a single Games appeared doomed when France took the lead of the relay at the 250-metre mark. They were 4.03 seconds under world-record pace at 350 metres before Jason Lezak, the oldest American male swimmer at 32, rallied over the closing strokes. Nearly a body length behind Alain Bernard at the final turn, he overtook the Frenchman at the wall by a fingertip.”

Phelps will go for his third gold at Tuesday’s 200 freestyle final.


Jones made history as well, becoming the first (sorry, make that second) African-American swimmer to win a gold medal.