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Michael Phelps: One down, seven to go

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If the 400 IM final is any indication, Michael Phelps will be nearly impossible to defeat in his four remaining individual events in Beijing. Phelps obliterated both the field and his own world record tonight, earning his first gold medal of these Games and the seventh of his career.

Ryan Lochte led Phelps at the 150-meter mark of the race, but when Phelps caught Lochte -- a backstroke world record holder -- at the 200-mark, the race was essentially over. The pace for Lochte might have been too quick; he swam two seconds slower than he did at the Olympic Trials.

Next up for Phelps, tomorrow's 4x100 meter freestyle relay. Some said that the 400 IM would be the toughest race on Phelps' schedule. That proved preposterous. The real test is tomorrow morning.

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