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.