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Michael Phelps Has 19 Medals, Who Else Will Break Records This Summer?


It's official: After completing the last leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay at the London Olympics last night, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in the history of the games. The American team, comprising superstar swimmers Ryan Lochte, Phelps, Conor Dwyer, and Ricky Berens glided through the water to earn a cumulative time of 6 minutes, 59.70 seconds to win the gold medal, their first team gold medal in these games so far. (Watch the full recap below.)

Phelps might have set a world record last night, and he's not done yet—he still has three more individual events to go—but he's far from the only one. In the first three days alone, about 14 world records have been broken, and we can probably expect to see many more in the next week and a half. Here are three we're interested in seeing broken:

1. The women's 100-meter dash: Florence Griffith-Joyner set the world record of 10.49 seconds in 1988 at the Olympic trials in Indiana. Later that year in Seoul, South Korea, she set the Olympic record with a time of 10.54 seconds. According to the New York Times, no woman has ever come within .2 second of her time. Will that change this year?

2. The men's sprints: Will Yohan Blake beat his training partner Usain Bolt? This year's events will pit Blake, known as "The Beast" for his ferocious work ethic, and Bolt, known as the "The Lightning Bolt" against each other in both the men's 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. While Bolt shattered records in 2008, he's had to recover from an injury this year and it remains to be seen if he can repeat his lightning-fast performance.

3. Women's soccer: Women's soccer has grown in popularity over the years, and this week, a record number of 70, 584 fans showed up to watch the match between Great Britain and Brazil on Tuesday. American forward Abby Wambach scored one of the three goals in Saturday's match against Colombia, bringing her total career goals to 140. This breaks the previous American record and moves her closer to Mia Hamm's world record of 158 career goals scored.



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