Phelps wins 7th gold by 0.01 seconds

Posted by Nick Dutton -

BEIJING (AP) - Michael Phelps has beaten Milorad Cavic of Serbia to win the 100-meter butterfly Saturday, tying Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals at a single Olympics.

Phelps touched the wall in 50.58 seconds, breaking Cavic's Olympic record of 50.76 set in the semifinals.

Cavic still was in mid-stroke at the wall when he took the silver in 50.59 seconds. Andrew Lauterstein of Australia earned the bronze in 51.12 seconds.

It was the first race of the Beijing games in which Phelps didn't set a world record.

Phelps won the event four years ago in Athens.

He has lived and trained in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Associated Press contributed this report.