A huge congratulations to Michael Phelps!
Given a nearly four-second lead by his teammates in the 4×200 freestyle relay, Michael Phelps’s anchor leg turned into a victory lap.
Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time Tuesday night, collecting a gold medal in the relay after taking silver in the 200-meter butterfly earlier to give him 19 during his four Olympics. Phelps now has 15 golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
Phelps, who had equalled Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina‘s haul of 18 medals earlier when he won silver in the men’s 200 butterfly final, swum the anchor leg in the relay for the Americans.
The 27-year-old had already set the record for gold medals, winning six in Athens in 2004 and an unprecedented eight in Beijing four years ago. The relay victory was his first gold in London.
In the butterfly, Phelps flipped away his cap in disgust, having blown the race with a blunder at the end.
Having led the entire way, he tried to glide to the wall after his final stroke and was out-touched by Chad le Clos of South Africa.
Le Clos won in a time of 1 minute, 52.96 seconds. Phelps finished in 1:53.01, while Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda took the bronze in 1:53.21.
Lets have a big round of applause for Michael Phelps!