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Rio Olympics 2016: Michael Phelps claims his 19th gold medal

Michael Phelps' 19th gold medal at Rio Olympics
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Victory is sweet.
  • Aimee Groth
By Aimee Groth

Journalist, Author, Strategist

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

USA swimmer Michael Phelps made his highly anticipated comeback on Sunday evening (August 7) in Rio, as the second leg of the men’s 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay. Caeleb Dressel led the team, finishing his leg trailing France, followed by Phelps who brought the team into the lead. Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian carried Team USA to a strong finish. Their final time was 3:09:92. France took the silver and Australia bypassed Russia for the bronze.

It was a big night and redemption for Phelps, who announced his retirement after the 2012 games and experienced a very public fall from grace. He is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 23 medals, 19 of which are now gold. Phelps competes again today (August 8) in the 200 meter butterfly.

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Team USA’s Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held, Michael Phelps, and Caeleb Dressel celebrate their win.

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