Beijing, Aug 11: Michael Phelps lowered his own Olympic record in the 200-meter butterfly on Monday night, about eight hours after winning his second gold medal of the Beijing Olympics in a thrilling 400-meter freestyle relay.
Phelps broke the record in preliminaries for the event, in which he is the reigning gold medalist and world record holder. He lowered the Olympic record he set at the 2004 Athens Games by .34 seconds to 1 minute, 53.70 seconds. It was still well off the world record of 1:52.09 he set in Australia in March 2007.
"I don't want to say I cruised it, but I swam it the way I wanted," Phelps said. "It doesn't matter until the finals. As long as you have a lane you're in it."
Phelps is looking ahead to another busy morning at the Water Cube aquatics center.