He won't get out of our pool, either. :(
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.
DOES THIS MEAN THEY'RE FRIENDS AGAIN?
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.
Lawl, that was ridiculous.
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.
It was supposed to be the matchup that Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps battled it out for aquatic supremacy. Instead, the 400 meter individual IM became the race that saw Lochte take the title of "Fastest Swimmer in the World" as he dominated the field, storming to victory and pulling ahead late to win in 4:05.18.
Phelps, who still holds the world record in the 400M IM, failed to medal in an event he won in Beijing back in 2008. He had this to say shortly after the race:
"I felt great for the first 200m, but after that it just didn't happen. I was lucky to get in [the final]. I had the chance to get off on a good note but didn't do it."
As disappointing as it was for Phelps, it was equally as fantastic for Lochte, who's made an emphatic statement that he's the one to beat right now.
Also disappointing everyone was NBC, who failed to broadcast the event they'd been mercilessly plugging for weeks. Bad form NBC. BAD FORM.