Ranking Phelps' eight great wins in Beijing

Updated: August 17, 2008, 3:43 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- Michael Phelps' eight gold-medal swims were all magnificent. But the world needs lists, so we're here to rank his great haul of China from most memorable to least:

1. 100-meter butterfly Yes, this was the only race in which Phelps did not set a world record -- but what he did to reach the wall first was the stuff of legends. Apparently beaten by Milorad Cavic in the final meters, Phelps somehow squeezed in a rapid-fire final arm stroke to touch and win by one-hundredth ...

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