Michael Phelps bettered his Olympics medal tally on Tuesday as he clinched the 20th and 21st Olympics gold medals of his life, extending his overall medal tally to 25. The American beat defending champion Chad le Chaos in the 200m butterfly event to secure the top spot.
The gold medal earned was his 12th Olympics individual title, equalled Leonidas of Rhodes, who also had won 12 Olympics title in the second century B.C.
Later on, Phelps combined with his US men’s team won the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay too to clinch a gold medal. The British quartet Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and James Guy won the silver medal.
After grabbing top honours on Tuesday, Phelps has now unarguably become the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Phelps had lost to Le Clos in the London Olympics in 2012. This was a sort of revenge taken by the swimming legend as he completed the race in just one minute 53.36 seconds with the South African finishing at the fourth position.
Japan’s Masato Sakai took the silver and Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi won the bronze in the 200m butterfly event.