Michael Phelps: Ties As Most Decorated Olympian
Michael Phelps just tied as one of the most decorated Olympians in history, a record that was held only by the Soviet's Larisa Latynina. He just swam the men's 200-meter butterfly, which was considered his signature race. He held on to a steady lead most of the race until South-Africa's Chad Le Clos touched the wall before Phelps. Clos had a finishing time of 1:52.96 and Phelps touched the wall right behind him at 1:53.01. Even though this should be a celabratory time for Phelps, coming in second didn't sit well with him. When he saw the "2" by him name, he reportedly threw his cap. He was competing to become the first male to win gold for the same individual event in three straight Olympics. He was heavily favored to win this race as he had previously won gold in 2004 and 2008 for the race. He so far has 2 silver medals and still has a chance to become the winningest Olympian in history as he has a few more races left to compete in.
Update: Michael has now become the most decorated Olympian in history. Just one hour after winning silver in the men's 200-m butterfly, the U.S men swim team has one gold in the 4×200 meter freestyle. The team consisted of Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, and Conor Dwyer, and of course, Michael. He now has a total of 19 medals, and a chance to win more as he has other races left. Winning any more medals will be icing on the cake. Congrats Michael!