It's official: Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete of ALL TIME!
After winning his 22nd gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday, the 31-year-old earned his 13th individual event win — which makes him the athlete with the most individual event wins since 152 B.C.!
The previous record holder for over two millennia was Leonidas of Rhodes, who won 12 individual events over the course of four Olympics — 164 B.C., 160 B.C., 156 B.C. and 152 B.C. — earning his last three golds in the stadion (a 200-meter sprint), the diaulos (a 400-meter run) and the hoplite race (a race in armor).
Video: Phelps Beats Lochte In 200-Meter Individual Medley Semifinal!
Aside from breaking the ancient record, Thursday's 200-meter individual medley win was Phelps' fourth consecutive victory in that category — putting him with track and field Olympians Al Oerter and Carl Lewis as the only Americans to win an individual event four times!
After the race, Phelps took the podium saying his historic win was "exactly how I want to exit the sport," saying while getting choked up:
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