Michael Phelps Breaks 2168-Year-Old Record with 13th Individual Olympic Gold
Aug 15 2016
One last chance to step onto the podium by himself and not with relay teammates.
The race was made all the more exciting given the fact that Lochte holds the world record and Phelps the Olympic record for the event. He announced his return two years later. Townley Haas, Conor Dwyer and the swimming legend, Ryan Lochte were alongside Phelps.
"We'll hang out because swimming doesn't dictate our friendship", Lochte said.
But Phelps looks better than ever at age 31, going three for three in finals so far to run his expanding gold medal record to 21. Phelp's baby, Boomer, was among the crowd alongside members of the United States of America basketball team.
The sisters already have teamed up to lead Australia to a gold medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay.
Immediately after the win, Phelps pumped up the crowd while celebrating, even doing some finger-wagging.
Where does that leave Lochte? In the shadow of Phelps it's so easy to forget, as it's been throughout the entirety of their careers.
That was until Phelps reached the end and his name was highlighted on his lane with a big number 1 next to it to show that he had won yet another gold.
"(Phelps is) definitely an inspiration, just what he's accomplished in the sport, " Lochte said. This time there was to be no repeat of 2012 and Phelps won by four hundredths in 1 minute 53.36 seconds. It also comes after Lochte, in an interview with NBC, said if it weren't for Phelps, he would be the Michael Phelps of swimming. "We've created a good rivalry and good friendship". It was a burp with 25 to go but I've been in that position plenty of times in practice and knew I could accelerate to the wall.
Phelps stormed to his fourth straight 200-meter individual medley Olympic gold medal on Thursday night, beating his closest competitor by nearly two seconds, while Lochte failed to medal, finishing fifth.