Phelps Sets All-Time Olympic Medal Record

    Michael Phelps of the U.S. smiles after winning the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 31, 2012.
    Michael Phelps of the U.S. smiles after winning the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 31, 2012.
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    U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps has broken one of the most coveted Olympic records, winning two more medals at the London games to set an all-time Olympic mark of 19.
     
    Phelps won a silver medal Tuesday in the 200-meter butterfly and a gold in the 4X200-meter freestyle relay with teammates Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens.  France took the silver in the relay, while China took the bronze.
     
    Former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina previously held the Olympic medal record with 18.
     
    Phelps swam the anchor in the relay to secure his third medal at the London Olympics, and his first gold at this year's Games.
    South Africa's Chad Le Clos out-touched Phelps at the wall to win the gold in the 200-meter butterfly.  Japan's Takeshi Matsuda took bronze in that race.
     
    China's Ye Shiwen won her second gold of the games Tuesday in the 200 meter individual medley. Her stunning record-setting win Saturday in the 400 medley has everyone in London talking.
     
    With a silver in the butterfly, Phelps failed to become the first male swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal in the same event in three straight Games.
     
    In women's gymnastics, the U.S. team won an Olympic gold medal for the first time since 1996.
     
    The United States and China are far ahead in the total medal count.

    • US swimmer Michael Phelps poses after receiving the trophy of the greatest olympic athlete of all time after winning gold in the men's 4x100m medley relay final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London.
    • London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. Phelps brought his Olympic swimming career to a close in style, winning a record 18th gold medal as the United States stormed to victory in the 4x100m medley relay.
    • US swimmer Michael Phelps (C) reacts with teammates Brendan Hansen, Nathan Adrian and Matthew Grevers after they competed in the men's 4x100m medley relay final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London.
    • Michael Phelps of the U.S. swims the butterfly leg of the men's 4x100m medley relay final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 4, 2012.
    • Michael Phelps of the U.S. celebrates winning gold in the men's 100m butterfly final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre, August 3, 2012.
    • United States' Michael Phelps displays his gold medal for the men's 100-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    • United States' Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, July 31, 2012.
    • From left, Michael Phelps, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens and Ryan Lochte pose with their gold medals for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in London, July 31, 2012.
    • Michael Phelps competes in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, July 31, 2012.
    • Michael Phelps waits to receive his silver medal for the men's 200-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, July 31, 2012.
    • Michael Phelps displays his eighth gold medal after the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
    • Michael Phelps competes in the 100-meter butterfly at the Indianapolis Grand Prix swimming meet in Indianapolis, March 29, 2012.
    • Michael Phelps and his mother Debbie Phelps attend the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection during Fashion Week in New York, February 8, 2012.
    • Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps posing in the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. (Jan 2008 file photo)
     
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    by: Nwvotes from: USA
    July 31, 2012 9:12 PM
    Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal, more then anyone in history. Do you think he is the best Olympian ever? Vote at Nationwidevotes.com

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