Michael Phelps - He did it again

Michael Phelps won gold in 2016 summer olympics

Michael Phelps extended his tally to 21 Olympic swimming gold medals as he won individual and team titles on day four at Rio 2016. Though Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in the modern era with 21 gold medals, as well as two silver and two bronze, nine of his triumphs have come as part of a relay team - a concept not present in the Games of the second century BC.

The American, 31 olympic gold medalist, comprehensively beat defending champion Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly before he helped the US win the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

"That's a lot of medals," said Phelps. "It's just insane. It's mind-blowing."


Phelps began the evening by avenging 24-year-old Le Clos' victory over him at London 2012 summer olympics. "I wanted that one back. I came into the pool tonight with a mission and the mission was accomplished," added Phelps.

The American will also be trying to add to his gold medal tally when he goes in the 4x100m medley relay and 200m individual medley, also later this week at 2016 summer olympics.

"Looking forward to the rest of the week and I'm not even halfway done yet," michael phelps said. But reclaiming the individual 200m butterfly title was Phelps' main target in Rio olympics following his dramatic defeat in London olympic games four years ago.

That final was supposed to be his farewell to the sport, having already announced his intention to retire after the 2012 Games. He then came out of retirement in 2014.
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