Michael Phelps Sets All-Time Olympic Record With 19 Career Medals

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By winning gold in the 4×200-meter men’s relay Michael Phelps set the record for most career medals in Olympic history with 19.Phelps surpasses Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina who previously held the record with 18.

The rest of the field wasn’t even close when Phelps was finishing his 200-meter portion of the relay, nearly half a pool behind.

Phelps had the best leg of any American with a time of 1:44.05, a second better than teammate Ryan Lochte.

The 4×200 gold is Phelps’ third medal of these 2012 London games after winning silver in the 200-meter butterfly and 4×100 freestyle relay.

His career medal count goes as follows: 15 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals.

Here’s video of Phelps’ anchor leg in the 4×200-meter relay:

 

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