Michael Phelps won two medals on Tuesday, which gave him a total of 19 over his Olympic career. That’s the most by any Olympian ever, passing a Soviet gymnast named Larisa Latynina, who won 18 medals from 1956 to 1964.
Phelps won six Gold and two Bronze in 2004, and eight Gold in 2008. But he’s been struggling this time around . . .
He finished FOURTH in his first race on Saturday, the first time since 2000 that he’d failed to medal in an Olympic race. Then his four-by-100 meter freestyle relay team won the Silver on Sunday.
And it looked like his slump was going to continue yesterday. In the 200-meter Butterfly . . . his signature event . . . he had a lead of half a body-length with 15 meters to go . . .
But somehow he LOST to South Africa’s Chad le Clos. He ended up losing the Gold by one twentieth of a second. If he’d won, it would have been yet another Olympic record: The first man to win gold in an individual event in three straight Olympics.
Still, that Silver medal tied him for the all-time record for most medals.
Then he BROKE the record on the four-by-200-meter Freestyle Relay. He was the anchor, and by the time he got into the water, his teammates, Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Ricky Berens, had given him a four-second lead. They ended up winning by three seconds.