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Michael Phelps swims into retirement with 18th Olympic gold on U.S. 400 medley relay team

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Published on Aug 4, 2012

Michael Phelps swims into retirement with 18th Olympic gold on U.S. 400 medley relay team



LONDON -- Michael Phelps, his emotions overflowing as he swam his last competitive race before retiring, ended his record-breaking career on Saturday the only way he knew how, by winning another Olympic gold medal.

Joining forces with his American team mates, Phelps gave the sporting world one last view of his incredible talent and determination to win when the United States blitzed their opposition in the men's medley relay on the final day of the swimming competition at the London Games.

"I couldn't ask to finish on a better note," Phelps said. "I have done everything I wanted to do. I am very happy."

It was the perfect ending for the most decorated Olympian of all time who built a stockpile of medals that once seemed unimaginable.

He finished his career with 18 gold medals, six from Athens, eight from Beijing and four from London, twice as many as the next best in any sport.

Phelps also won two silver and two bronze medals during his career, giving him a total of 22, yet another record. Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina held the previous record for almost half a century but Phelps set a standard that could last even longer.

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