Rio 2016: Michael Phelps

The world’s most decorated Olympian and Team USA’s flag bearer, Michael Phelps, has added to his collection of Olympic medals by winning his 22nd gold in the 200m Individual Medley in Rio yesterday, his fourth of the games so far.

Phelps, who has also won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in his Olympic career, claimed his 13th individual title in the Rio Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

The gold marks his fourth consecutive in the 200 individual medley. Only four other Olympian athletes have achieved four consecutive Olympic wins in an individual event – Danish sailor Paul Elvstrom and U.S. track and field athletes Ray Ewry, Al Oerter and Carl Lewis.

The Towson, MD, native has competed in five consecutive Olympics, beginning with Sydney in 2000, in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly,  200m individual medley.

The Rio 2016 podium with from left to right Japan's Masato Sakai (silver), USA's Michael Phelps (gold) and Hungary's Tamas Kenderesi (bronze)
Michael Phelps with his gold for the 200m butterfly in Rio 2016, alongside Japan’s Masato Sakai and Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

He has one more individual swimming event left in Rio, the 100m butterfly which will take place later today. He also has a chance to win another medal on Saturday in the 4x100m medley.

For Sydney, I just wanted to make the team. For Athens, I wanted to win gold for my country. For Beijing, I wanted to do something nobody else had done. In London, I wanted to make history. And now, I want to walk in the Opening Ceremony, take it all in, represent America in the best possible way and make my family proud,” he said. “This time around, it’s about so much more than medals.”