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Rio 2016: Phelps Claims 19th Olympic Gold

Swimming great, Michael Phelps claimed a record 19th Olympic gold medal when he helped the United States to victory in the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay title in Rio 2016.

Phelps swam the second leg for the USA, who won in a time of three minutes 9.92 seconds, with France and Australia settling for second and third place respectively.

Heading into Rio 2016, the 31-year-old was already the most decorated Olympian in history, and he extended his total medal haul to a stunning 23 with Sunday’s gold medal.

Phelps initially quit the sport after London 2012, but reversed his decision in 2014.

His 19 Olympic gold medals put him well-clear at the top of the all-time list, with former Soviet gymnast, Larisa Latynina occupying a distant second with nine gold medals.

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