Breaking News: Phelps Becomes Most Proliferate Olympian in History
He did it. Last night, American swimmer Michael Phelps became the most winning Olympian in the history of the games. He broke a record that is standing for 48 years.
When Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina set her record of winning 18 Olympic medals, America was still reeling over the JFK assassination and The Beatles had just finished their first world tour. Phelps had a rollercoaster of a day yesterday. He “lost” the 200 meter butterfly to South African Chad le Clos by 5 hundredths of a second. Most of us would have been thrilled to have won a silver medal, but not the talented Michael Phelps.
An hour later, Phelps closed his Olympic career with a gold medal in the 4 x 200 relay. He asked his teammates to give him a lead and they did. Michael Phelps has won a total of 19 Olympic medals in 3 appearances at the games. 15 of them are gold medals, 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals.
Not bad for a “bad day”.