Phelps Record Caps Off Day of Dominant Performances

August 1, 2012 12:00 AM

Phelps Record Caps Off Day of Dominant Performances

" It's fitting that Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history on a day when dominance was everywhere you looked at the Olympic Games.

Phelps' anchor leg of the 4x200 meter freestyle relay brought the U.S. team a gold medal by more than three seconds over their closest competition, providing plenty of time to savor the moment that Phelps' remarkable career has been building to for quite some time. Phelps has won gold so many times that it seems routine, but the overall medal record provided a bit of perspective that hammers home the impressiveness of his accomplishment. 

The relay wasn't Phelps' only race of the day. He also took a silver in the 200 meter butterfly when he was touched out at the wall in an almost exact replay of his 2008 victory in the same race.

The only difference was that Phelps got beaten by Chad Le Clos at the last moment because he made a mistake by reaching for the finish too early instead of passing someone who made the same mistake "

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