Michael Phelps wins 22nd gold

Michael Phelps at the Rio Olympics

Michael Phelps, who posted a time of one minute 54.66 seconds in the 200m individual medley, has won more than twice as many gold medals as anyone else, with former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina second on the list with nine.

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Larisa Latynina (Soviet Gymnast)


Kosuke Hagino ( left) Michael Phelps (centre) Shun Wang (right)

Phelps at 31 has won his 22nd gold medal due to his dominant performance in the final of the 200m individual medley which led him to finish approximately two seconds clear of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, with China’s Shun Wang taking bronze. He has now been daubed as Rio Olympics Golden Boy.

Phelps was challenged hard by Brazilian star Thiago Pereira and his old rival, and compatriot, Ryan Lochte over the first three lengths but neither man could live with him in the final 50m.