- During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, swimmer Michael Phelps added another record breaking feat when he became the 3rd Olympian to win in 4 straight individual events
- His win in the 200m individual medley gave him the 22nd Olympic gold medal of his career
- Phelps was trailing behind at first but got his 1 minute and 54.66 win during the freestyle lap
The most celebrated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, wrote another Olympic history entry as he became the 3rd Olympian to win in 4 straight games in an individual event during the 2016 games.
On August 12, Phelps continued to make headlines as he placed first during the 200m individual medley at the ongoing Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He joined the ranks of track and field Olympians Carl Lewis and Al Oerter.
Up until the third leg of the medley, Phelps was trailing behind but took over the game during the freestyle lap which placed him almost 2 seconds ahead of the silver medalist from Japan, Kosuke Hagino.
China’s Wang Shun got the bronze with 1 minute and 57.05 seconds while his old-time rival from the same team, Ryan Lochte only ranked 5th.
This is his 22nd gold medal after he finished with a record of 1 minute and 54.66 seconds.
After his time, which was his second highest following the 1:54.23 in Beijing, the swimmer raised his four fingers which can only signify his fourth win in this Olympics.
Although, it might be too early to total his win at this time since he still has 2 more events which are the 100m butterfly and the 4x100 medley relay scheduled on August 12 and 13 respectively.
The 31-year old swimmer called it as ‘one hell of a career’ while fans all over the world knew they were witnessing something that will be written down on books.
Maybe winning the coveted gold looks simple if you’re sitting on the opposite screen but for the athlete’s side – it’s far from perfect according to his coach, Bob Bowman.
He said Phelps only makes it look easy from a perspective when it’s the contrary. He added that rather than talent, his wins should be attributed to his work and dedication for the sport.
Phelps career wasn’t always this celebrated when he got into 2 driving under influence (DUI) cases in 2014. All apprehensions now on the record breaking Olympian were gone as people believe he will win in his 2 remaining events.