The gold rush continued for American swimming icon Michael Phelps on Tuesday in Rio.
Phelps won the 20th and 21st Olympic gold medals of his illustrious career after winning the 200-metre butterfly, and then swimming the victorious anchor leg in the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay competition.
Phelps took back the 200 fly Olympic title he lost four years ago to South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who finished fourth and off the podium.
The finger wag may have been a post-race response to a years long beef between the 2 swimmers, and Phelps was caught showing no love for the South African by ready room cameras before Monday’s semifinal.
As he often does, Phelps did his talking in the pool. The 31-year-old led the 200 fly from the halfway mark and would not be caught, finishing in a time of one minute 53.36 seconds.
Japan’s Masato Sakai was only 4-100ths of a second behind, almost catching Phelps who laboured in his final strokes. Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi closed well to swim a time of 1:53.62 and take the bronze.
In the 4×200 relay Phelps’ American teammates Conor Dwyer, Francis Haas, and Ryan Lochte handed him a healthy lead that he would not relinquish. The U.S. team finished with a time of 7:00.66. Great Britain was second with 7:03.13 and Japan rounded out the podium with a time of 7:03.50.
Phelps now has 25 Olympic medals including 14 individual gold, which ties him for the record with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina.
And Phelps’ medal total could increase, he has three more races before Rio 2016 concludes.
As expected the Twitter world burst into celebrations after Phelps’ historical achievement. here are some the best tweets.
— The Root (@TheRoot) August 10, 2016
Like Jordan’s flu game, this will forever be known as Phelps’ swim cap race.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 10, 2016
All-Time Olympic Gold Medals After Tonight:
Michael Phelps, 21
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 10, 2016
— Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki) August 10, 2016
— SteveSmithAFC (@Homeboy2002) August 10, 2016
@sabinelisicki 21 now ? Blimey …….. Bet he couldnt serve 27 aces tho ….. 🙂
— Paul James (@paul18280) August 10, 2016
You inspire me
— Dr.Abdelrahman (@RafaAboodi) August 10, 2016
@sabinelisicki und alles ohne Doping ?
— Okapi (@Okapischlumpf) August 10, 2016
Michael Phelps is not human. ??
— Joe Santagato (@JoeSantagato) August 10, 2016
Michael Phelps wins his 9th Olympic relay gold, passing Jenny Thompson for most team gold medals in Olympic history. #USA
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) August 10, 2016
Michael Phelps now the 39th most successful country in the history of the Summer Olympics
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) August 10, 2016
— Paul Brookes (@therealchisler) August 10, 2016