Michael Phelps' last race wasn't so much of a race as it was a formality—the end to the greatest
swimming career of all time.
Phelps' big finish was swimming his signature stroke—the butterfly—during the 4x100 meter relay. The
men's team swam away with gold, and Phelps cinched his final prize. Michael Phelps now retires with
twice as many gold medals as any other Olympian, and 22 medals total.
After swimming, he stepped out of the pool smiling, obviously at peace with his decision to retire on
top. A fitting end to a truly incredible athelete.
In a near-record-breaking race, Michael Phelps took away his first Gold Medal in the Games so far, winning the 200m IM in a time of 1:54.27. Lochte had just finished racing the 200m backstroke 30 minutes earlier, and Phelps seized the opportunity. Helluvuh race, boys.
In a race that was noooowhere near close, the US Men's Swim Team destroyed the field what was a largely uncontested race. But the big news is that MICHAEL PHELPS NOW HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST MEDALS IN OLYMPIC HISTORY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL!
The US Relay Team won by almost three whole seconds, just shy of the World Record set by themselves in 2008.
This makes Phelps' 19th medal. Yeah. You read that right. 19. slow clap
This may not be the way Michael Phelps wanted to tie the Olympic record for medals, but I'm sure he won't complain.
South African Chad Le Gos edged out two-time defending champ in the very last meter, winning by just four-hundredths of a second. Phelps, who led almost the entire race, took silver for his 18th Olympic medal, tying him with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the all-time record.
The 20-year-old Le Clos is competing in his first Olympiad. Needless to say, unseating one of the most decorated Olympic athletes in history isn't a bad way to win your first medal.
Phelps swims for the Olympic medal record this afternoon in the 4x200 freestyle relay.