Olympics: Phelps easily wins 6th Olympic gold medal in pool

Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics on Friday morning, defeating rivals Laszlo Cseh and teammate Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley. Phelps defended his title from four years ago in Athens, winning in 1 minute, 54.23 seconds and lowering his own world record of 1:54.80 set at last month's US trials. It was the American's sixth world mark in Beijing. Cseh took the silver in 1:56.52, the Hungarian's third runner-up finish to Phelps in Beijing. Lochte earned the bronze in 1:56.53, 29 minutes after he upset defending champion Aaron Peirsol to win the 200 backstroke. It was the 21st world record set during the swimming competition.