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Phelps Wins First Gold In Beijing, Sets New World Record In 400IM

August 9, 2008 10:23 PM EST | AP

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Michael Phelps of United States swims in the men's 400-meter individual medley heat during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

BEIJING — Michael Phelps set a world record Sunday to win his first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, beating rival Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4 minutes, 3.84 seconds.

Phelps, trying to break Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals, crushed his old mark of 4:05.25 in the 400 IM, set in June at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary rallied to take the silver medal in 4:06.16, while Lochte faded to the bronze in 4:08.09.

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