In Michael Phelps Olympics 2016 news, the most decorated Olympian of all time has called it a career. He now retires for real and we should not expect him to be in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Michael Phelps ended his career on a high note as he won his 23rd Olympic gold. The last event that he competed in was the 4×100 meter medley relay. As Karen Crouse pointed out in New York Times, this event is something that the US has yet to fail to get a gold medal in. The US men?s team pulled through.
The event was historical not only for Michael Phelps but also for backstroker Ryan Murphy whose split time, 51.85 seconds, has set a world record. Cody Miller swam the breaststroke leg before Phelps who swam the butterfly leg and gave the freestyle anchor, Nathan Adrian, a lead that he would not conceded. Their performance did not just win them the gold medal but also set the Olympic record time for the event with 3 minutes 27.95 seconds.
This is the 23rd gold medal for Michael Phelps and also his 28th overall. Crouse pointed out that if Michael Phelps was a country, he?d be tied for 38th with South Africa. This is a very impressive feat and will not likely be replicated and more so beaten for a long while. He entered Olympics 2016 being the most decorated Olympian with 18 golds and then added five more golds and a silver around his neck.
Michael Phelps said that this week was a dream come true and it was the cherry on the top that he wanted coming out of retirement. This time, it looks like his retirement is for real. Ryan Murphy, his teammate, felt that ?No matter what country you compete for, you?re indebted to Michael Phelps for making swimming more of a mainstream sport.?
This is Michael Phelps? swan song and it was a perfect one.