Michael Phelps, as expected, delivered yet another stellar performance on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By defeating seven other competitors in the men’s 200-meter individual medley, Phelps earned the 22nd gold medal of his Olympic career.
More importantly, he has now registered 15 individual medals over the course of his Olympic career, the most of any athlete in history.
Now a perfect 4-for-4 in terms of earning gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Phelps previously earned gold in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay, the men’s 200-meter butterfly and the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay. This time around, he was forced to use the butterfly stroke, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle in order to garner his 26th Olympic medal in all.
In doing so, the 31-year-old swimmer also edged his Team USA counterpart in Ryan Lochte, who failed to even medal on Thursday. It is also worth noting that Phelps defeated his opponents by a full two seconds, which equate to an eternity in terms of international swimming.
With yet another medal officially in-hand, he has earned gold in the last four 200-meter individual medleys at the Summer Olympics. Prior to Thursday, he also took home a first-place finish in 2004, 2008 and 2012 in Athens, Beijing and London, respectively.
Because Phelps is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens aired the Thursday evening contest on the video board on M&T Bank Stadium.
As it stands today, the Unites States currently leads the way with 37 medals thus far into the 2016 Summer Olympics. Thanks to Phelps and company, the United States has 15 gold medals alone.