Originally posted on Fox Olympics  |  Last updated 7/31/12
Michael Phelps, meet history. With the United States' gold-medal winning swim in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay Tuesday night at the Aquatic Centre in London, Phelps surpassed Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most decorated Olympian in history. Phelps' three medals in London give him 19 for his career, one more than the mark set by Latynina in three Olympics between 1956 and 1964. Phelps won his 18th career medal earlier Tuesday night, but it was only a silver. Having led the entire way in the 200 butterfly, he tried to glide to the wall after his final stroke and was out-touched by Chad le Clos of South Africa by 0.05 seconds. Phelps also has the most gold medals of any Olympian with 15 and eclipsed Mark Spitz's record with eight wins in Beijing four years ago. MORE TO COME -- The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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