Arguably the world’s best swimmer Michael Phelps is out with a bang. The men’s 4x100 medley relay at Rio Olympics 2016, on Saturday, was Phelps last Olympic event ever and he finished it off with yet another gold medal. This brings his medal tally at Rio Olympics at six, five golds and one silver. He secured gold medal for United States by winning the 200M individual medley on Thursday and the men’s 4x100 meter relay, men’s 200 meter butterfly, and 4x200 meter freestyle relay earlier this week.
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23; 14 ahead of the second-highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events (16).
He is a swimming sensation and at the age of 15 he became youngest American to participate in Olympics games in 68 years. In 2004 Athens Olympics, he achieved 6 gold and 2 bronze medals.
In Beijing Olympics 2008, he displayed astonishing performance when he won all the eight events he competed in.
In Phelps' last appearance at the 2012 Olympics, he won four golds and two silver, leaving him with a tally of 22 Olympic medals (18 of them gold). He is regarded as 'the greatest Olympian of all time'.
Before the start of the Rio Games, the swimmer announced his retirement from the international stage. But, interestingly before London Games 2012, the same was declared by the US swimmer. A million dollar question is haunting the sports fraternity, will Rio be the last for Phelps.
First Published: Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 10:48 AM