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Breaking News: Phelps Closes Olympic Career and Wins 18th Gold Medal

Michael Phelps ended his Olympic career with a record 18th gold medal (22 medals overall) in the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay. Phelps was lined up third and gave the forth swimmer a crucial lead. His achievement is so rare that you might not see it again in your lifetime.

Phelps was lined up third and gave the forth swimmer a crucial lead. His achievement is so rare that you might not see it again in your lifetime

In 3 Olympic appearances, Phelps won more Olympic gold medals than Argentina in 112 years. Behind Phelps are 4 athletes who have each won 9 gold medals – Larisa Latynina, Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurma. With 18 gold medals, Phelps has won twice as many as his closest competitor.

Until now, no swimmer has even won a gold medal in the same event in 3 consecutive Olympics. Phelps did it twice – in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. He has competed in 24 Olympic finals and won medals in 22 of them. How about setting 8 world records during 3 Olympic performances?

This week many people will be arguing that Michael Phelps is the best Olympian to ever have lived. It is hard to argue against that!

OCA News Editor

Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.

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