Phelps shatters world record

Michael Phelps moved closer to superceding Ian Thorpe as the world’s best swimmer after a stunning night at the World Championships in Barcelona.

The 18-year-old American destroyed the world record in the 200m individual medley as he relegated Thorpe to second in their much-anticipated showdown.

And that performance came less than an hour after he had broken the 100m butterfly world record in the semi-finals, a mark that had been set moments earlier by Ukrainian Andrii Serdinov.[BBC SPORT]

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