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However, he won only two team golds: the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in .70, and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in .33.

Originally, Spitz was reluctant to swim the 100-meter freestyle, fearing a less-than-gold medal finish.Spitz also set a number of world records during the U. Olympic Swim Trials held in Chicago's Portage Park in 1972.He was nicknamed "Mark the Shark" by his teammates.Minutes before the race, he confessed on the pool deck to ABC's Donna de Varona, "I know I say I don't want to swim before every event, but this time I'm serious. If I swim seven and win six, I'll be a failure." Spitz won by half a stroke in a world-record time of 51.22 seconds. Spitz's record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics was not surpassed until Phelps broke the record at the 2008 Summer Olympics.During the Munich Massacre by Palestinian terrorists in the 1972 Olympics, Israeli racewalker Shaul Ladany awakened and alerted American track coach Bill Bowerman, who called for the U. Marines to come and protect American Jewish Olympians swimmer Spitz and javelin thrower Bill Schmidt.

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