Michel Phelps Most Successful Athlete in London Olympics

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Michel Phelps Most Successful Athlete in London Olympics 2012

US swimmer Michel Phelps became the most successful athlete in the history of Olympic games after he won the gold medal in 4×200 metre freestyle relay in final race at the Aquatic Centre on 31 July 2012.

Phelps, who is playing his 4th Olympics, with this victory took his individual Olympic tally to 19 ( 15 gold, two silver and two bronze ), surpassing the 18 won by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina between 1956 and 1964.

He first swam at the Olympics in 2000 Sydney Olympics, when he was just 15. He became the youngest American male swimmer in 68 years and placed fifth in the 200m butterfly. He also holds the world record in swimming when he swam1:54.92 in the 200m butterfly event in March 2001.

Six – time winner of the World Swimmer of the Year Award, Phelps has to his credit the record of winning maximum number of gold medals ( 8 ) won in a single Olympics, the feat he achieved hduring 2008 Beijing Games surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz’s seven-gold record at Munich in 1972.

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