Phelps Gets Help For Second Gold

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Michael Phelps has his second gold of the Beijing games. It came in the 400-meter freestyle relay and he got the gold because of the performance of teammate Jason Lezak, who swam the anchor leg of the race. When Lezak dove into the pool for the last lap he was second to world-record holder Alain Bernard of France. He was still trailing with about 20 meters to go but from there the American turned on the afterburner. He made up the distance and finished 0.08 seconds ahead of Bernard.

Phelps swam the lead lap in the race and finished his portion of the race in second place. The Americans finished in first with a world record time of 3:08.24. The time shaved 3.99 seconds off of the world mark, which had been set the night before by the qualifying crew.

The gold in the 400-meter freestyle relay was preceded by a silver in the women's 400 freestyle by Katie Hoff. She had built a big lead in the race but finished 0.07 seconds behind Britain's Rebecca Adington.

After two of five individual races, Hoff has a silver and a bronze. The U.S. also picked up a silver today when Christine Magnuson finished second in the women's 100-meter butterfly.