Phelps wins two golds for US

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Michael Phelps claimed his second and third gold medals of the Athens Games on Tuesday.

Phelps wins two golds for US

Athens:

Michael Phelps claimed his second and third gold medals of the Athens Games on Tuesday, winning the 200-meter butterfly and coming back an hour later to lead off the United States' thrilling victory over Australia in the 800 freestyle relay. The 19-year-old American started things right for in the relay, and teammate Klete Keller held off Ian Thorpe with a dramatic lunge for the wall that sent 10,000 fans into an uproar. "This race will go down as one of the greatest in history," said Phelps, who helped the Americans avenge a loss to Australia four years ago in Sydney. Phelps and the other US swimmers, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay, hopped up and down on the deck as Keller dug for home. When he touched first - ahead of Thorpe by just 12-hundredths of a second - Phelps showed more emotion than he has at the entire Olympics. The teenager threw up his arms and screamed toward the jubilant Americans in the stands. Keller pulled himself out of the water and joined his teammates in a raucous hug. A dejected Thorpe walked over and shook hands with Keller. (AP)

Topics : Swimming
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