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Swimmer Michael Phelps is seeking a record eight gold medals during these Games, which would surpass the mark of U.S. swimming icon Mark Spitz, who won seven in 1972 at Munich.

But to win eight, Phelps has to win the first one. Live coverage of Phelps in the 400 individual medley — and three other swimming finals — highlights NBC's coverage from 8 p.m. to midnight today.

The 400 IM final is scheduled for 10 p.m. EDT today, which is early Sunday morning in China.

23, shattered his world record in this event in the Olympic Trials, so he's heavily favored in Beijing.

If he wins gold in the 400 IM, he'd pull within two golds of tying the all-time record for most golds in the Olympics, nine, shared by four others: Paavo Nurmi, a Finnish distance runner; Larisa Latynina, a Soviet gymnast; Spitz; and Carl
Lewis, a U.S. track star.

— Mike Persinger

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