Having completed the long road to China, American swimmer Michael Phelps is now preparing to tackle the final steps to sporting immortality.
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Phelps' journey to Olympic greatness began in Athens four years ago when he won six gold medals but he has his sights set on eight in Beijing.
Olympics to start with a big bang
If successful, he will break Mark Spitz's record of winning seven golds at a single Olympics, set in Munich in 1972, but even if he wins half his races, he will still become the most prolific gold medalist of all time.
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