Michael Phelps Win Eight Olympic Gold Medals 2008

Michael Phelps Win Eight Olympic Gold Medals 2008 Born in Baltimore, Maryland, hence his nickname ‘The Baltimore Bullet’, Michael Phelps made his Olympic debut in the Millenium Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. At the age of just 15 – making him the youngest man to represent the United States Olympic Swimming Team since 13-year-old Ralph Flanagan competed in the men’s 1,500-metre freestyle event at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles – Phelps finished fifth in the men’s 200-metre butterfly, his only individual event.

Four years later, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps earned international acclaim after becoming the first Olympic swimmer to win eight medals, six gold and two bronze. In Athens, he fell just one short of the 32-year-old world record of seven gold medals, set by compatriot Mark Spitz at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

However, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Phelps made Olympic history by winning eight gold medals, one in every event he entered. In the space of eight days, between August 10 and August 17, Phelps won gold medals in the men’s 400-metre individual medley, men’s 4 x 100-metre freestyle relay, men’s 200-metre freestyle, men’s 200-metre butterfly, men’s 4 x 200-metre freestyle relay, men’s 200-metre individual medley, men’s 100-metre butterfly and men’s 4 x 100-metres medley relay. Furthermore, he set world records in all bar the men’s 100-metre butterfly, in which his winning time of 50.58 seconds was, nonetheless, an Olympic record. In fact, Phelps thought he had been beaten, until he saw the result on the scoreboard, and his hundredth-of-a-second victory over Milorad ‘Milo’ Čavić prompted a protest from the Serbian delegation.

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‘The Shot Heard ’round the World’ 1951

'The Shot Heard 'round the World' 1951 Not to be confused with the shot struck by legendary golfer Gene Sarazen at the Masters Tournament in 1935, ‘The Shot Heard ’round the World’, as far as baseball is concerned, refers to a decisive home run hit by New York Giants’ outfielder Robert ‘Bobby’ Thomson at the Polo Grounds, New York City on October 3, 1951.

The New York Giants and their arch rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, finished the regular Major League Baseball season in 1951 with identical win-loss records, forcing a best-of-three playoff series to determine the winner of the National League Pennant. The Giants won the first game and the Dodgers the second, so the series came down to the crucial third encounter.

The game had the distinction of being the first to be televised nationally in the United States and Thomson, popularly known as ‘The Staten Island Scot’, came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, and final, innings with the Dodgers leading 4-2. With two runners on base, Thomson faced Dodgers relief pitcher Ralph Branca and, taking advantage of the notoriously short distance to the left-field wall, hit a long fly ball into the seats in the lower deck. His three-run homer prompted commentator Russell ‘Russ’ Hodges to make the famous call, ‘The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!’, and has since achieved legendary status.

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