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18 August 2006

OMEGA AMBASSADOR MICHAEL PHELPS BREAKS THREE WORLD RECORDS

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After three days of intense competition, OMEGA Ambassador Michael Phelps eclipsed the other swimmers by winning a total of six medals and setting three world records at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, Canada, for which Omega was Official Timekeeper.

On Thursday 17 August in the men’s 200m butterfly Michael Phelps clocked 1:53.80, beating is own previous record of 1:53.93 that was set in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Barcelona in 2003.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

On Saturday 19 August Michael lead the USA 4x100m freestyle team with Neil Walker, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak and broke the world record in 3:12.46, setting the best mark since the South African Team during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

On Sunday 20 August, Michael set another world record in the 200 m individual medley in 1:55.84, beating his own previous best he had achieved on 9 August 2003 in College Park (US).

Michael Phelps, OMEGA Ambassador since 2004, has been regarded as the world’s best all-around swimmer since his appearance at the 2000 Sydney Games at the age of 15. Five months later, Michael Phelps became the youngest swimmer ever to set a world record (in the 200m men’s butterfly). At 16 he turned professional, and he is the youngest male swimmer in the U.S Olympic Team. At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games he won a total of eight medals. OMEGA is proud to have such an exceptional athlete as an ambassador. With his impressive dedication to performance and his determination always to give the best, he shares the same pioneer spirit as the brand. With his feel for the water and his incredible ability to relax and focus under pressure, Michael Phelps has a promising future ahead of him as a swimmer.

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