Eric Draper.

American swimmer Michael Phelps, 23, has set a new record for the most gold medals won in one Olympic games by winning his eighth gold medal of the 2008 Olympic games, beating the previous world record of seven that was set by Mark Spitz in the 1972 Olympic Games, which took place in Munich, Germany.

Phelps’ eighth medal was won in the final of the men’s 4 x 100m medley relay. In addition to Phelps, Aaron Piersol, Brendan Hansen, and Jason Lezak were in the winning Olympic team, which had a time of 3:29.34, which was a new world record. In seven of his eight races, Phelps set or contributed to a new world record time. He set an Olympic record time in the remaining race.

“With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination,” said Phelps after realizing he had set the new medals record. “There are so many emotions going through my head and so much excitement. I kind of just want to see my mom.”

“Without the help of my team-mates this isn’t possible,” he continued. “I was able to be a part of three relays and we were able to put up a solid team effort and we came together as one unit. For the three Olympics I’ve been a part of, this is by far the closest men’s team that we’ve ever had. I didn’t know everybody coming into this Olympics, but I feel going out I know every single person very well. The team that we had is the difference.”

Grant Hackett, an Australian swimmer, praised Phelps for achieving his goal. “Michael Phelps – you can’t put it in words what he has done here, his level of achievement is phenomenal and I don’t think it will ever be seen again.”

Source : wikinews

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Michael Phelps wins the men's 200m butterfly gold medal American wunderkind Michael Phelps became the most successful Olympian in history with 11 gold medals after victory in the 200 metres butterfly and 4x200m relay finals at the Water Cube.

The 23-year old won his fourth gold medal of the Beijing Games in another world record performance of 1:52.03, improving on his time of 1:52.09 set at last year’s world championships in Melbourne.

Phelps then backed up an hour later to lead off the American relay team which smashed its own world record to win the 4x200m final.

The superfish has added to the six gold medals he won in Athens and overtakes the legendary group of Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, Paavo Nurmi and Larysa Latynina, who each won nine Olympic golds.

The wins also keep alive Phelps’s bid to surpass Spitz’s seven gold medals at a single Games set at Munich in 1972.

Phelps finished more than half-a-second ahead of Hungarian Laszlo Cseh in the 200m fly, who touched in 1:52.70.

Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda took bronze in a time of 1:52.97.

Phelps says the enormity of his achievements is beginning to sink in.

“When I was on the award ceremony for the 200 fly, I started thinking about it.

“That’s when I started tearing up.

“To be at the top with so many great athletes who’ve walked in these Olympic games, it’s a pretty amazing feeling.”

Phelps’s triumph in the event in which he has owned the world record since 2001 was not the same kind of dominant display as his victory in the 200m freestyle on Tuesday, but he said there was a reason for that.

“My goggles were filling up with water during the race, and I had trouble seeing the wall,” he said.

“I wanted the world record. I wanted a 1:51 or better, but given the circumstances it’s not too bad, I guess.”

With the relay final scheduled later in the session, Phelps had no time to contemplate his place in history.

“He won’t appreciate the history of what is happening here until later, maybe years later,” Phelps’s coach Bob Bowman said.

Prior to Wednesday’s finals, Phelps had won the 400m individual medley, 200m freestyle and was a member of the United States 4x100m relay team that took gold ahead of France in a stunning final.

He still has the 4x100m medley relay, 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly on his program, but has said with the gruelling 400m IM and relay wins, the hardest part of his eight-gold quest is behind him.

Latynina and fellow Soviet gymnast Nikolai Andrianov hold the record for the most medals in all, with 18 for women and 15 for men respectively, but with at least one more Games left in him Phelps could break all records.

Source –ABC

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American celebutante and businesswoman Paris Hilton has bashed a recent presidential campaign ad by 2008 U.S. presidential hopeful John McCain in which he compared his rival Barack Obama to celebrities such as Hilton and Britney Spears. In McCain’s TV ad, it was stated that Obama was “the biggest celebrity in the world.”

Hilton recorded and uploaded a video to comedy website Funny or Die, in which she mocked McCain by calling him a “wrinkly white-haired guy.”

“Hey America. I am Paris Hilton, and I am a celebrity too,” she states at the beginning of the video, but not before images of the Star Wars character Yoda and the cast of The Golden Girls are paraded across the screen apparently comparing the characters to McCain.

United States Senate.

“Only I am not from the olden days, and I am not promising change like ‘that other guy’. I’m just hot,” remarked Hilton, adding, “I guess I am running for president,” since McCain’s TV ad showed her.

McCain’s advertisement, released early this week, states, “Is the biggest celebrity in the world ready to help your family?” According to the Boston Globe and video displayed on its website, the narrator then points out that “the real Obama promises higher taxes, more government spending. So, fewer jobs.”

Bill Burton, a spokesman for Obama, responded to the ad: “Is the biggest proponent of George Bush’s tired, failed policies ready to bring about change? Another day brings another dishonest attack from John McCain. While Senator McCain knows that Senator Obama has proposed cutting taxes for 95% of American families, what he’s not telling us is that he wants to give $4 billion in tax breaks to the oil companies, continue giving tax breaks to corporations that ship our job overseas, and provide no direct tax relief for more than 100 million middle-class families.”

Hilton appears in good spirits in her video and even thanks McCain for endorsing her. “So thanks for the endorsement white-haired dude. And I want America to know, that I am like totally ready to lead.”

Source : wikinews

Matthew Trump.

An American man presumed to be dead after the 1976 Big Thompson Canyon flood has been found alive in Oklahoma City.

Barb Anderson, a Big Thompson Canyon resident, was researching the flood victims and found Darrell Johnson, alive and well, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Sixty-three-year-old funeral director Darrell Johnson told the Fort Collins Coloradoan on Friday that he didn’t know he was on the victim list until Anderson told him last year. He was one of the six reported missing and the 144 killed, which has now been amended to 143.

Johnson and his family were living in a Sleepy Hollow resort cabin in Estes Park, but decided to leave after staying for one night. A few hours later, the whole resort was washed away.

Source : wikinews

Franz Richter.

File photo of Morgan Freeman.
Image: Franz Richter.

American Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is in a serious condition in a Tennessee hospital following a car accident in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi in the Mississippi Delta. The 71-year-old actor was flown to the hospital by air ambulance with injuries to one arm.

Freeman, the Associated Press reports, “has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage, but is in good spirits,” according to a statement from Donna Lee, Freeman’s publicist.

Reports say that Freeman was driving Demaris Meyer — the owner of the 1997 Nissan Maxima — when the car flipped over several times around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night. Meyer’s condition has not been released and hospital officials will not say more than Freeman is in serious condition.

According to reports, Freeman over-corrected the vehicle when it began to go off the highway, causing it to flip several times before landing in a ditch. The accident occurred on Highway 32 just north of Ruleville, Mississippi not far from where Freeman currently resides.

Clay McFerrin, editor of the Sun Sentinel in Charleston, told the Associated Press he arrived at the accident scene soon after the accident. “They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle,” McFerrin told the Associated Press. “He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”

Freeman was one of the stars of the recent film The Dark Knight and is currently being treated at Memphis Regional Medical Center along with Meyer. Spokeswoman Kathy Stringer says that “Freeman is in a serious condition,” but did not comment further. The hospital, known locally as “The Med” is an acute care facility for up to 150 patients.

According to Sgt. Ben Williams of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, “there’s no indication that either alcohol or drugs were involved” in causing the accident. He also said that both Freeman and Meyer were wearing their safety belts.

Kelsey Grammer in 2006

Kelsey Grammer in 2006

American actor Kelsey Grammer has checked into a hospital in New York after feeling faint. It is the second time the actor has checked into a hospital after he suffered a heart attack in Hawaii two months ago. His current condition is not life-threatening.

According to his publicist, Stan Rosenfield, the symptoms may have been caused by a mix up in his medication. “His doctor is changing the medication and they will monitor him overnight,” he said.

Grammer blamed the heart attack on the pressure from his canceled sitcom Back To You; the attack occurred while paddle-boating with his wife in June.

Grammer is best known for his roles on television sitcoms Frasier and Cheers. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” three times and one Golden Globe Award for “Best Performance by an Actor” in a TV Series in 2001.