Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

‘Superman’ Phelps wins 21st gold medal at Rio Olympics

Narada Desk | August 10, 2016 11:20 am Print
The Olympic swimming legend clocked 1:53.36 to beat Japan's Masato Sakai by just four hundredths of second in men's 200m butterfly final
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Michael Phelps seems to be unstoppable on the swimming pool . At Rio 2016 the dominance continues . He  won the first gold of the day in the 200-metre butterfly, his favourite event, and then led his team to victory in the 4×200 freestyle relay. In the 200-metre event he clocked 1:53.36, while in the relay, the team finished at 7:00.66.

Meanwhile , the  Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps has said his victory in the 200 metre butterfly final along with his 4x200m freestyle relay gold at the Rio Olympics were the culmination of a four-year mission.

Phelps won the event at the 2004 Athens Games and again in Beijing four years later. He also set the 200m butterfly world record at the 2009 world championships in Rome, a mark that still stands, reports Xinhua.

 Phelps has reduced his competition schedule in Rio as he focuses on butterfly and relay events.

He is aiming to become only the third athlete to win gold in the same event at four consecutive Olympics, joining Al Oerter (discuss) and Carl Lewis (long jump).

Phelps could perform the feat in both the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

At the end of Tuesday night’s swimming session, the USA led the Rio 2016 gold medal tally with nine, one ahead of China.

Phelps has now netted three gold medals at these Games — winning each of the events he has entered. Overall, he has racked up 25 Olympic medals, 21 of them gold.

In the relay final, Phelps joined Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Townley Haas to hit the wall in seven minutes 0.66 seconds.

Britain’s Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and James Guy took silver, 2.47sec behind the USA, and Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, Naito Ehara, Yuki Kobori and Takeshi Matsuda pocketed bronze, 2.84sec further back.

Phelps swum the final leg of the race to loud cheers from the packed arena.