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American swimmer Phelps wins record 19th medal

08-01-2012 23:08 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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Tuesday was a historic day for the Olympic Games as American swimmer Michael Phelps claimed two medals to take his tally to 19, becoming the greatest Olympian of all time in terms of medals won.

Phelps won a silver medal in the 200 meter butterfly, in which he finished 0.05 seconds behind South African Chad le Clos. The medal saw him draw even in the medal tally with former Russian gymnast, Larisa Latymina. But any disappointment he might have felt at losing a race was soon wiped away, when he swam the anchor leg for the US team as it took gold in the 4 by 200 meter freestyle relay. The win gave Phelps his historic 19th medal. And that's not the end of the story, as Phelps has more races in the coming days, including the 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly.

Michael Phelps of U.S. waves to spectators after the awarding ceremony of
men's 4x200m freestyle relay of swimming at the London 2012 Olympic Games
in London, Britain, July 31, 2012. The U.S. swimmers claimed the title in
this event. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CCTV.com

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