In his first race of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps was in a league of his own.
The 400-meter individual medley is the event Phelps said was his most challenging and least favorite, but Phelps showed no signs of weakness.
With a world-record setting time of 4:03.84, Phelps obliterated his previous record time of 4:05.25 and began his quest for eight gold medals.
The closest competitor and silver medal winner, Laszlo Cseh of Hungary, was a mere blip on the radar and touched at 4:06.16, and Ryan Lochte, the American swimmer who was supposed to give Phelps fits in this event, finished a distant third at 4:08.09.
Phelps races again later in the afternoon, local time.
The quest is on...