Phelps makes history as most decorated Olympian ever

Agence France-Presse
Michael Phelps makes history after the USA men's team won the 4x200 freestyle men's relay race, giving Phelps his first gold of London 2012

LONDON – Michael Phelps swam into history Tuesday, becoming the most successful Olympian of all time as a 4x200m freestyle relay gold gave him a record 19th medal after silver in the 200m butterfly.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos denied Phelps his bid for a 200m butterfly treble by a hair, but silver allowed the US superstar the consolation of matching Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina’s record of 18 Olympic medals.

Phelps returned an hour later and teamed with Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens to capture relay gold ahead of France and China.

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