Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 10, 2008
This event was the first in [Michael Phelps]' campaign for eight gold medals but, with the recent form of fellow American [Ryan Lochte], not one where he was considered an overwhelming favourite. The event turned into the ultimate statement of intent for Phelps as he was simply a class apart from his rivals and obliterated the world record on his way to the gold medal. He has set the previous mark of 4:05.25 at the US trials in June 2008 but in Beijing he brought the time down to 4:03.84 and finished over two seconds ahead of [LÃ¡szlÃ³ Cseh, Jr.] with Lochte back in third.