Michael Phelps won his 22nd career gold medal spectacularly Thursday, tearing his rivals down again in the 200m medley and organizing what turned into a historic night for American swimming.
Rio has fourth time in a row at the Olympics Phelps won the gold medal in the event and he did it by far surpassing the rest of the pack. Silver medalist Kosuke Hagino of Japan was ahead of Phelps by almost a length. China’s Wang Shun won bronze.
A long-time American friend Ryan Lochte and rival Phelps finished fifth. Sports fanatics from all over the world can buy Olympic Swimming Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
This victory allowed Phelps to win his 13th individual gold medal, an Olympic record that earned his title as the most decorated Olympian in the world.
“Right now, I don’t know how to wrap my head around that,” Phelps says of his golden haul. “I don’t know that to say. It’s been a hell of a career.”
Phelps walked quickly to the starting block after being announced for the race. The Brazilian Thiago Pereira swam in the corridor to his right, the songs of Thi-a-go! Thi-a-go! Thi-a-go! Increase electricity in an already energized building.
After a duel with Lochte and Pereira for the first 100m, Phelps took the lead and never let go – clearly indicating that another victory was inevitable. After touching the wall first Phelps looked in front of him, then headed to his left to shake Lochte’s hand as Olympic opponent for the last time. He has already made a version of this routine 22 times.
Phelps was not the only American to win the gold medal on Thursday. Ryan Murphy won his second Olympic gold medal in the 200 backstrokes, the Americans have now won the event in six straight games. He set the Olympic record in the 100 backstrokes on Monday.
Later that evening, Simone Manuel made history in the United States by setting a new Olympic record in the 100 freestyle and becoming the first African-American woman to win individual gold in swimming. She shares Canada’s Penny Oleksiak after a remarkable final.
This race was supposed to tell a different story Bronte and Cate Campbell from Australia, who were already winning gold in the relay, were trying to become the first brothers and sisters to share an Olympic podium at an individual swim race.
The night was tinged with disappointment for the American team. Missy Franklin failed to qualify for the 200 backstrokes final after setting a world record in competition at the London Games. Her semifinal time 2.09.74, was nearly six seconds slower than she swam in London.
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