Michael Phelps wins gold in 200 fly, adds to record tally

Ross Houston
August 11, 2016

Michael Phelps (USA) of USA poses with his gold medal at 2016 Rio Olympics victory ceremony of Men's 200m Butterfly at Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 9,2016.

It was Japan's first medal in the event since the 1964 Tokyo Games, when the nation also won bronze.

"Looking forward to the rest of the week and I'm not even halfway done yet".

On Tuesday night, Phelps competed in the 4x200m freestyle and the individual butterfly, and earned two more gold medals! London 2012 gold medallist Le Clos just missed out on the bronze, which was won by Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary. "It's the closest I've come to throwing up at the end of a race". "I've gotten some photos of him - Boomer will be dressed to impress in the stands, that's for sure". "The 200 is a much more stressful race than the 400 and 800, and it always just feels good when it's over", she said.

The 200 fly was the one he really wanted, and it showed. Phelps erased the bad memories from his loss in the same race in London to South African Chad le Clos, who was fourth on Tuesday.

But what Americans have the second-most gold medals? "Of course I'm aiming for the gold medal in Tokyo and I'll be working toward that straight away".

Phelps posted a time of 1:53.36, which was enough to hold off a surging Masato Sakai of Japan, whose 1:53.40 was a mere four-hundredths of a second behind Phelps.

"That was a really tough race and it hurt really badly", said Ledecky.

When it was done, Phelps simply sat on the starting block, thoroughly exhausted.

As he looked up at a boisterous crowd, triumphant for the 20th time in his unmatched Olympic career, Michael Phelps raised his hands and flicked them in his direction as if to say: "Bring on the world".

"That's a lot of medals".

Katie Ledecky, leading the new generation of American swimming stars, captured her second gold of the Games by holding off Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom to take the women's 200m freestyle final in 1:53.73.

Phelps became the first ever Olympian to win an astonishing 20 gold medals in just 5 Olympic game. Once I was ahead I knew I wasn't going to let it out of my hands.

China led at the start before Australia, with Emma McKeon swimming the second leg, handed over in the lead to Bronte Barratt. "I did a bit of a double breath, but I was exhausted", he said. "If I have three golds, it's pretty unreal".

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