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Phelps breaks medal record

Posted by Robert Burgess  July 31, 2012 04:16 PM

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LONDON (AP) -- First, Michael Phelps had his record-tying 18th Olympic medal, though its hue changed at the last possible second.

Then he and his teammates left no doubt as they claimed gold in the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay to make Phelps the most decorated Olympian ever with 19 medals.

Earler, what looked like certain gold for Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly turned to silver on the final stroke when South Africa’s Chad le Clos touched the wall 0.05 seconds sooner.

LeClos won the event in 1 minute 52.96 seconds, while Phelps, who led the entire race, came in at 1:53.01.

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While the plot twist is just the latest unusual one for Phelps so far in London, the most shocking being his fourth-place finish in the 400 Individual Medley Saturday, he is now tied with Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most medals in Olympic history.

Among his collection are 14 gold, 2 silver -- both won during these Games -- and a pair of bronze.

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