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Phelps prepares for date with destiny

August 8, 2008

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.

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  • 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.

    Photograph: Getty Images

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