Olympics: Michael Phelps and Simone Manuel Make US Swimming History in Rio


Time: 11:37 p.m. CEST

The U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won the 22nd Olympic gold in his career after the race on the 200-meter individual medley. Phelps broke a record of more than 2000-years-old with his 13th individual triumph of his career in Olympics. Phelps surpassed the number 12 of the athlete of ancient Greece, Leonidas of Rhodes, who had as Philostratus said, 12 triumphs.

Phelps didn’t just win, he smashed it, CNN commented. The 31-year-old, who is set to retire after the Games, could end up with five gold medals by the end of the competition, CNN said.

Another magnificent event happened when Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal for the U.S. Manuel and Canada’s Penny Oleksiak set a new Olympic record at a time of 52.70 seconds.

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