Rio de Janeiro, Aug 12 (IANS) Michael Phelps became the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Olympics when he claimed the gold medal in the men’s 200m individual medley at the Rio Games.
Phelps finished the final in 1 minute 54.66 seconds on Thursday, almost two seconds ahead of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. China’s Wang Shun took bronze in 1:57.05, reports Xinhua.
While the landmark is a swimming first, two other athletes have achieved the feat in other Olympic sports: Al Oerter in discussing and Carl Lewis in the long jump.
Phelps could also perform the so-called four-peat in the 100m butterfly here.
Thursday’s victory was Phelps’ 22nd Olympic gold medal as he continues to extend his record as the most successful Olympian of all time.
On Friday, he will compete in the final of the 100m butterfly and he is expected to also take part in the 4x100m medley relay.