Past Athletes

Personal Data

Surname: PhelpsFirstname: MichaelCountry: United StatesDate of birth: 1985-06-30Birthplace : BaltimoreHeight: 192 cmWeight: 91.0 kg

Career Data

Discipline: 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, butterfly, freestyle relayWorld records: 39 (200 m freestyle, 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m and 400m individual medley, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley relay, 4x200m freestyle relay; 4x100m medley relay, 4x100m freestyle relay - short course) - up to 19/12/2009Olympic Games (16 medals - 14 gold, 2 bronze)World Championships (33 medals - 26 gold, 6 silver, 1 bronze)World Short Course Championships (1 medal - 1 gold)
  • 200m freestyle: 1st (2008), 3rd (2004)
  • 100m butterfly: 1st (2004, 2008)
  • 200m butterfly: 1st (2004, 2008), 5th (2000)
  • 200m individual medley: 1st (2004, 2008)
  • 400m individual medley: 1st (2004, 2008)
  • 4x100m freestyle relay: 1st (2008), 3rd (2004)
  • 4x200m freestyle relay: 1st (2004, 2008)
  • 4x100m medley relay: 1st (2004/did not participate in the final, 2008)
  • 200m freestyle : 1st (2005, 2007), 2nd (2009, 2011)
  • 100m butterfly: 1st (2007, 2009, 2011), 2nd (2003, 2005)
  • 200m butterfly: 1st (2001, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • 200m individual medley: 1st (2003, 2005, 2007), 2nd (2011)
  • 400m individual medley: 1st (2003, 2007)
  • 4x100m freestyle relay: 1st (2005, 2007, 2009), 3rd (2011)
  • 4x200m freestyle relay: 1st (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011), 2nd (2003)
  • 4x100m medley relay: 1st (2003 and 2005 did not participate in the finals, 2009, 2011)
  • 200m freestyle: 1st (2004)


Phelps: The Olympic MonarchRace of the Century

Considered by most as the world's greatest ever swimmer, Michael Phelps looks set to add a significant gold haul to his current runaway record hoard of 14 Olympic gold medals when he steps back into the limelight at London 2012.

Phelps, born in Baltimore in June 1985, already had six gold medals from the Athens Games when he arrived in Beijing with the full glare of the globe's sports media fixed firmly on his bid to outdo the legendary Olympian Mark Spitz, who had won seven gold medals at Munich in 1972.

Specialising in the freestyle, butterfly and medley as well as the relays, the world watched in awe as the then 23-year-old bossed the magnificent watercube with a staggering run to eight gold medals, a landmark record in itself.

But by taking his tally to 14 he eclipsed not only Spitz, but also the Finnish long distance runner Pavo Nurmi and Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina, all of whom have a proud lifetime tally of nine gold medals at the Games.

The only significant record remaining for Phelps to break would be the total number of medals, he has 16 (14 gold and two bronze), while Latynina has 18 from three Olympiads (1956, 1960 and 1964).

One of those bronze medals will have been a formative experience, won at Athens in the 200m freestyle in the so-called race of the century as Ian Thorpe sped past Pieter van den Hoogenband in the last lap as Phelps appeared to enjoy himself watching the battle.

He first took to the pool at the age of seven and was undoubtedly influenced by his two elder sisters, notably Whitney who competed at the US Olympic trials for the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

At 15 he was the youngest male American since 1932 to take part in the Olympics, where he finished a very respectable fifth in the 200m butterfly at Sydney.

Just a year later he bagged his first world championship gold in the 200m butterfly, adding another three golds in the 200 and 400m medley and the 4x100m medley.

The 2003 Barcelona world championships was the first major competition at which he was expected to perform well, and boy did he perform well, claiming three gold and two silver medals and breaking five world records in the process.

In fact Phelps has clocked up a total of 26 world championships golds over the years, including three at Shanghai in 2011, where he claims he refound some motivation after losing it after the glow of Beijing faded.

"Something relit the fire and I was able to get motivated, to get ready," he said.

Phelps' targets for London are a closely guarded secret, but one thing has been made public, that being his intention to retire from the sport after the 2012 Games

"It's a good feeling but it's a weird feeling," he said. "But I'm ready to take the next step, try a couple of other goals I have out of the pool."

That includes travel -- and seeing sights beyond hotel rooms and swimming pools in some of the many cities he has already visited.


(FILES) This combo of file photos shows US swimmer Michael Phelps (L) standing on the podium during the men's 400m medley swimming medal ceremony at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 and legendary US swimmer Mark Spitz on the podium after winning the gold medal in the 100m butterfly on August 31, 1972 at the Munich Olympic Games.  Michael Phelps became the greatest Olympian in history on August 13, 2008, capturing the 10th gold medal of his Games career with a world record-setting triumph in the men's 200m butterfly, surpassing Spitz's nine swimming golds.          AFP PHOTO / Timothy CLARY (L)    AFP PHOTO / FILES  (R)US swimmer Michael Phelps swims during the men's 200m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 13, 2008.  Phelps won in a world record time of 1:52.03.     AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARYUS swimmer Michael Phelps reacts after winning the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008.  Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal here. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record.   AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARYUS Michael Phelps competes during the men's 200m individual medley, heat 7, at the 2004 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens, 18 August 2004. AFP PHOTO PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMichael Phelps of the US swims to a gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympic Aquatic Centre during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, 20 August 2004.  Phelps won his fifth gold medal of the Olympic Games when he clinched victory in the 100m butterfly in a Games record of 51.25sec here 20 August.   AFP PHOTO/POOLUS swimming star Michael Phelps is seen during a training session at the 12th Fina World Swimming Championships, in Melbourne 23 March 2007. Phelps is chasing eight gold medals in his quest to go one better than compatriot Mark Spitz's seven gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics when he competes in the Beijing Games.    AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON
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The Philippines holds the record for winning the most medals without a gold haul with seven bronze and two silvers for a total of nine.

The Philippines is the first country to compete and win an Olympic medal among Southeast Asian countries.

Teofilo Yldefonso is the first Filipino to win a medal and the only one to take home multiple medals. He finished third both in the Men's 200 meter breastroke during the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.

1972 was the last year the Philippine men's basketball team, which then paraded William 'Bogs' Adornado, Danny Florencio and Yoyong Martirez among others in its line up, has qualified for the Olympics.

The Philippine basketball team wound up fifth place—best finish for an Asian country in the Olympics to date—in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the first time basketball was played as an Olympic sport.

Arianne Cerdena won a gold in bowling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but Cerdena's gold was not included in the medal tally since bowling was considered only as a demonstration sport.

The Philippines will shoot for its first gold medal in six of the following events in the 2012 London Olympics: Athletics, BMX, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting and Swimming.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, though not competing, carries the Philippine flag at the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Philippines has only won medals in three events since joining the Olympics in 1924.

Harry Tañamor, the only Filipino predicted to win by the Sports Illustrated in its Olympic Preview edition, bows out in the first match up in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Philippines last reached the final round swimming 80 years ago when Jikirum Adjaluddin and Teofilo Yldefonso ended up in the final six in the 1932 Los Angeles Games.

The largest delegation the Philippines has ever sent to the Games was 53 in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The Philippines has not won a medal since Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco settled for silver in boxing via a controversial decision during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The men's Philippine Basketball team is the first country to ever score 100 or more points in the 1948 Olympics after clobbering Iraq,102-30.

With only eight athletes in six sporting events for the London Games, this will be PH's smallest delegation since 1996.

The Philippines participated in the Winter Olympics three times, in 1972 (Juan Cipriano and Ben Nanasca, alpine skiing), in 1988 (Raymund Ocampo, luge) and in 1992 (Michael Teruel, alpine skiing).

The Philippines is the first nation in the tropics to ever participate in the Winter Olympic Games.

Mary Antoinette Rivero's tie for fifth place in Taekwondo is the closest any Filipino athlete came to a medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

John Baylon, a nine-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, and Jerry Diño were the last Filipino Olympic qualifiers in the discipline Judo, having vied in the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Men's boxing has for medals in the Olympics with Anthony Villanueva, silver in the Featherweight Division of the 1964 Games in Tokyo; Leopoldo Serantes, third in 1988 Seoul; Roel Velasco, third in Barcelona; and his brother Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, second in the 1996 Atlanta Games.