Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps Breaks Record for Biggest Games Medal Winner Ever

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Michael Phelps has become the most decorated Olympic athlete ever.

After reeling in the silver medal for the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps claimed his gold medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay on Tuesday -- earning him a total of 19 medals within his four Olympics.

What did Phelps accomplish in London?

The 27-year-old was the first to crush the 1964 record set by Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina -- who earned a total of 18 medals.

However, he may not have been able to do this challenge without the help of his teammates -- Ryan Lochte gave the US a .98-second lead after Conor Dwyer advanced it to 2.13 seconds, and Ricky Berens completed the third leg with a grand 3.88-second lead.

With this superior advantage, Phelps knew exactly what to do and power-housed his way into victory in a little over six minutes.

The excellent athlete matched the record a little earlier in the day during his race against South Africa's Chad le Clos.

Phelps just missed adding some more gold to his collection with the pair neck and neck for the whole race but the South African Olympian ended up surpassing him by .05 seconds -- turning Phelps' gold medal into silver.

Phelps' massive metal haul now consists of 15 golds, two silvers, and two bronze.  Not too shabby of a collection.

Do you think Phelps is the greatest athlete of all time?

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  • Majid
    Majid

    The fact that athletes do drugs sockhs no one. There is an alarming number of atheletes that engage in illegal drug use which in my opinion is normal. If you think about the number of non-athlete regular players that do these things it is not surprising. For example, many players in the NBA have commented saying that they do smoke marijuana or have been accused of smoking. Along with all of the DUI arrest of athletes show that they are normal people like the average citizen. If they are going to hold these athletes to the same standards as a normal citizen I do not think they should be treated as if they are on top of the world . Let them smoke, Let them drink, Let them party, you only live once.