Phelps wins 200m freestyle gold

Michael Phelps stormed to his third gold medal of the 2008 Olympics by winning the 200m freestyle gold.

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BEIJING // Michael Phelps of the United States won the gold medal in the men's swimming 200m freestyle on Tuesday, breaking the world record. South Korea's Park Tae-hwan won the silver medal and Peter Vanderkaay of the United States the bronze. The win saw Phelps take his third gold medal of the games, leaving him a target of further five victories in his quest to secure eight golds at this year's event.

In the men's 100m backstroke final, Aaron Peirsol of the United States set a world record time of 52.54 to finish ahead of his fellow countryman Matthew Grevers. Arkady Vyatchanin of Russia and the Australian Hayden Stoeckel shared the bronze medal. @Email:sbattams@thenational.ae