Michael Phelps closes worlds in Rome with 5th gold medal

August 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Michael Phelps is leaving Rome as a conquering hero despite arriving supposedly under-trained after taking six months off following his record eight golds at last year’s Beijing Olympics.

On Sunday the American team closed an extraordinary world championships with a 43rd world record in the men’s 4×100 metros medley relay, earning Phelps (who swam the butterfly leg) a fifth gold medal to go with one silver. Aaron Peirsol, Eric Shanteau, David Waters and Phelps won in a time of three minutes 27.28 seconds, 2.04 seconds under their own world record.

Phelps was named the top male swimmer at the FINA World Championships confirming his continued supremacy in men’s swimming.


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