Today in Sports History: March 30

In 2001, at 15-years-old, American swimmer Michael Phelps broke the 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials in Austin, Texas. He became the youngest male to set a world record. 

Phelps former Olympian and professional swimmer went on to become a five-time Olympian in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016, and a 28-time Olympic medalist with 23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals. 

He was known for his best strokes and events of the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley. He became the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympic teams in June of 2016. 

During the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, he set seven world records, eight American records, and eight Olympic records. Within the same year, he was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. 

Later within his career and life, he started the Michael Phelps Foundation and continues to grow the sport of swimming and promote healthy lifestyles. 

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