Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Most Olympic Medals: Michael Phelps sets world record (PICS & VIDEO)
LONDON, UK -- Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer of all time became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won his 19th Olympic medal at the London Games, setting the new world record for the Most Olympic Medals,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Michael Phelps holds his silver medal for the 200m butterfly on the night that this and a further gold took him to a record 19 Olympic medals. Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian ever. Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Most individual Olympic medals was set by Larisa Latynina (USSR/Ukraine), who won a record 14 medals in individual events at the Olympic Games between 1956 and 1964.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most gold medals won by a woman: nine, by Larisa Latynina (USSR/Ukraine) who won four in 1956, three in 1960 and two in 1964 for gymnastics.
Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 4x200 metres freestyle less than an hour after a shock defeat in the 200 butterfly, an event he has dominated for over a decade.
His team mates threw their arms around him and the crowd at London's Aquatic Centre rose to their feet to witness the coronation of the Olympic king.
The world record Phelps broke was held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won the last of her 18 Olympic medal at Tokyo in 1964.
Until Phelps surfaced, no-one had come close to breaking her record in almost half a century but now the torch has been passed to the 27-year-old from Baltimore.
"I would have liked a better outcome in the 200 fly. Obviously it was my last one and I would have liked to win but...it wasn't a terrible time," Phelps said.
"I thank those guys for helping me get to this moment ... I just wanted to hold on. I thank them for allowing me this moment."
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:28 AM