US Olympian Michael Phelps passed Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina tonight with his medals in the 200m Butterfly (Silver) and 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Gold). His medals tonight bring Phelps’ total to 19 medals, one-upping Latynina’s total of 18. Phelps still has medal hopes for the 200 IM, and the 4×100 Medley relay, giving him a shot at a total of 22 career Olympic medals over three Olympic Games (three in which he has won medals).
The Michael Phelps Olympic Medal Table:
|Gold||2004 Athens||100 m butterfly|
|Gold||2004 Athens||200 m butterfly|
|Gold||2004 Athens||200 m medley|
|Gold||2004 Athens||400 m medley|
|Gold||2004 Athens||4×200 m freestyle|
|Gold||2004 Athens||4×100 m medley|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||100 m butterfly|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||200 m butterfly|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||200 m medley|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||400 m medley|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||200 m freestyle|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||4×100 m freestyle|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||4×200 m freestyle|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||4×100 m medley|
|Gold||2012 London||4×200 m freestyle|
|Silver||2012 London||200 butterfly|
|Silver||2012 London||4×100 m freestyle|
|Bronze||2004 Athens||200 m freestyle|
|Bronze||2004 Athens||4×100 m freestyle|
Michael Phelps has publicly stated that these Olympics will be his last and he will not compete in Rio in 2016. Phelps did, however, say in 2008 that he would never swim another 400 IM, the event that he came fourth in just a few days ago.
Aside from his impressive career medal total, these Olympics have, so far, been disappointing for Michael Phelps. He failed to medal in the 400 IM, collected only a silver in the 4x100m Freestyle relay (although split a very impressive time) after his team was run down. Phelps jammed his third turn in the 200m Fly, his pet event since he qualified for the 2000 Olympics in it at age 15, and was eventually out touched by South African Chad le Clos.
It is also interesting to note that Michael Phelps, for the time being, has more Olympic gold medals all time than Jamaica.