Just when you thought there were no more records for Michael Phelps to beat — he went and did it again! This time, the pro swimmer tied a record that was set by Leonidas of Rhodes more than 2,000 years ago in 152 BC!
Michael Phelps, 31, earned his 20th and 21st gold medals, for the 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle relay, on Aug. 8, and that put him in the history books once again. Winning the 200m butterfly gave him his 12th individual gold medal, which hasn’t been done since Leonidas of Rhodes’ run in 152 BC, Olympic expert and historian, Bill Mallon, claims. Keep up with the Olympics by catching live coverage HERE.
In four consecutive Ancient Olympic Games, Leonidas won gold in three different individual events, giving him a total of 12, the same as Michael achieved this week! Of course, the 31-year-old has already set more than one record in the Modern Olympic Games, too — he’s the most decorated Olympian of all-time and earned the most gold medals in one Olympics, a total of eight, back in 2008.
There may be more where that came from, too: He still has a chance to medal in the 200m Individual medley and 100m butterfly! With this likely being his last time competing in the Olympics, Michael is more focused than ever, especially with his newborn son in the audience, and we can’t wait to see what he does next.
Besides just the fact that he’s setting new records left and right, Michael’s 200m butterfly win this year had an extra special meaning, because he lost that exact race to Chad le Clos at the London Games in 2012. Before the 2016 semifinal heat, Michael was seen angrily glaring at Chad during warmups, but he definitely got his revenge!
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