Michael swam into history when he took the gold along with his Team USA friends (Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, & Ricky Berens) in the 4 x 200M Freestyle Relay finals earlier tonight.
History unfolds with a clocking of 6 minutes and 59.70 seconds. With the help from his friends-teammates, he anchored the last leg and gave USA another reason to celebrate.
Michael had just become the "Greatest Olympian of all Times", winning his 19th medals and surpassed the standard set by the legendary Soviet gymnast, Larisa Latynina who had 18 overall.
Swimming in the first three legs were Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Ricky Berens. Phelps had a responsibility of swimming the anchor leg and the outcome was virtually assured as he had a 3.08 seconds lead when he hit the water. France came in second and China bagging the third place.
Fantastically, Phelps had 15 gold medals, 2 silvers, and 2 bronzes since he first joined the Olympics in the year 2000 at the age of 15 (becoming the youngest ever qualifier in that event) held in Sydney Australia. Then, he was just a swimmer in one discipline 200M Butterlfy wherein he just placed fifth. Later, it became his signature event when he clinched the gold in 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing. Plus the different world championships he participated.
But about an hour earlier before this event, he took again one of the most frustrating defeats in his brilliant swimming career when a South African Chad le Clos overtook him and snatched the gold. Making it the most shocking blunder in the finish that settled for him a silver in his favorite and signature event.
But that disappointment from the 200M Butterfly race was gone when he dived into the pool for the relay in 4 x 200M. He may haven't surpassed the expectations of the many yet he made a stunning history as the 'GREATEST OLYMPIAN OF ALL TIMES"
Hail to the King of Swimming Pool. CONGRATULATIONS IDOL!