Michael Phelps Makes Olympics History With His 19th Medal in London
Although Michael Phelps had a slow start at the beginning of 2012 London Olympic Games, he redeemed himself in the next competition. "Not pleased with my race tonight at all... But tom is a new day! And a new race!!" the athlete tweeted last Saturday, July 28.
True to his word, Phelps got a gold medal with his teammates in the 4x200 freestyle relay after previously receiving a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly. It marked his 19th Olympics medal, making him the only athlete to win the most medals in the world-caliber Games.
"Number 18 and 19 for my career so far!!! Omg I'm speechless right now!" he raved on Twitter after his victory. "Thanks to @ryanlochte @conorjdwyer and @RickyBerens for giving me the lead they did going in to the last 200!!!! Can't ask for better team mates then what we have on team USA!!!"
Prior to this year's Olympic Games, Phelps already had fourteen golds, one silver and two bronzes. By grabbing his 18th and 19th medals in London, he tied and then quickly surpassed Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina, who previously held the most-won Olympics medal with 18.
President Obama congratulated him on his glorious win, "Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud." He replied, "Thank you Mr. President!! It's an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!!"
Four years ago, Phelps broke record as an athlete with the most gold medals won in a single Olympics by bagging eight at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He surpassed fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz who got seven golds during his participation at the 1972 competition in Munich.
Phelps, 27, has three more races in London to add more medal to his collection before he retires from the Olympic competition.
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