Phelps becomes greatest Olympian of all time at London 2012

1st Aug 2012
Phelps becomes greatest Olympian of all time at London 2012

Michael Phelps has become the most decorated Olympian of all-time after claiming a silver and a gold at the Aquatics Centre.

The American finished second in the 200m Butterfly - just behind South Africa’s Chad le Clos - to equal the record of 18 Olympic medals set by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina in 1964.

He then returned in the final race of the night to take number 19 as the USA cruised to victory in the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay.

Phelps was on the final leg and was afforded a hero’s reception as he powered to victory after being put in pole position by Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens.

Phelps still has three more races at London 2012 before he retires and could establish a record that would be difficult to beat.

Phelps now has 15 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze Olympic medals in his trophy cabinet.


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