Five finals, five golds, five world records BEIJING - That Michael Phelps of the United States of America is a rare phenomenon was obvious to all since his debut Olympic Games four years ago at Athens, where his score was an incredible six golds and two bronze. For lesser mortals, that would have been the pinnacle. But Phelps is not an ordinary bloke by any benchmark. As if to taunt fate, he landed here with an avowed intention of improving on that daunting haul by taking eight golds to eclipse compatriot Mark Spitz's record of seven that has stood since Munich 1972. Over five days at Beijing, he has captured five golds already - with three to go. With his opponents in shock and awe, knowing that they are fighting amongst themselves only for the second best, there seems to be no stopping him at the Water Cube. And all the five of his golden performances have set new world records By now it is rather obvious that Phelps does not just desire to obliterate the record for a single Games, he aims to absolutely demolish Spitz's myth by turning each of his forays into world records for only that in his eyes would be proof enough that he was the best - by a distance. For the uninitiated, all seven Spitz golds were world records as well. The two golds that he added Wednesday to his earlier three here took his overall tally to 11 - making him numero uno in a club of immortals, leaving behind such legends as fellow-Americans Spitz and Carl Lewis, Finland's Paavo Nurmi and Soviet Union's Gymnast Larysa Latynina, all of whom had a career bag of nine. The greatest accolade came from his Russian opponent who was reduced to silver when the Phelps-led United States grabbed the gold in another record smashing performance: "He is not normal; maybe from a different planet". Despite the searing pace he has set, fatigue is a world alien to him. Having won the 200 metre freestyle in a manner so emphatic that it bettered the previous record by well over four seconds, despite his goggles malfunctioning to get filled with water. His comment afterwards must have sent shivers down the spines of the competition: "I know I can go faster". And only an hour later he led the US quartet in the 800 metre freestyle relay with the best individual time (1:43.31) compared with not just his teammates but everyone in the event. And that spawned another world record, breaking the seven second barrier to 6:58.56. Set at the World Championships last year, the eclipsed record of 7:03.24 also belonged to the US. Nearly five seconds behind, Russia walked away with silver and Australia took the bronze. The question now is: Will he get his coveted eight? At the moment, it seems quite inevitable.