2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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- Live Stream (NBC)
The greatest Olympian in history Michael Phelps came into these Games with few accolades left to achieve, yet he’s found another one to add to his legacy.
Phelps won his fourth consecutive 200 IM Olympic title tonight, breaking the record for successive Olympic titles in a swimming event. He previously shared the record with Dawn Fraser of Australia and Krisztina Egerszegi of Hungary. Fraser won three straight 100 freestyle titles from 1956-1964, Egerszegi won three straight titles in the 200 back from 1988-1996, and Phelps had won three straight in both the 200 IM and 100 fly from 2004-2012.
Phelps also ties Carl Lewis (long jump, 1984-1996) and Al Oerter (discus throw, 1956-1968) with four straight wins among any event on the Olympic program.
This isn’t the only record that this swim gave Phelps. He also becomes the winningest individual Olympian of all-time with his 15th medal.
He didn’t break the world record, nor he did his break his own Olympic record, but it was enough to win the race by a wide margin. Phelps pulled away from the field on the breaststroke leg, and closed the door on the free, touching in 1:54.66.
Japan’s Kosuke Hagino touched 2nd in 1:56.61, and China’s Wang Shun was 3rd in 1:57.05, in a final much slower than originally predicted.
World record holder Ryan Lochte had a tough time coming home, ultimately taking 5th.
But once again it was Phelps, the greatest of all-time, over a body length ahead of the field. It feels like old times.