Michael Phelps Makes History: Medal No. 19 Nobody has more Olympic medals By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 31, 2012 2:24 PM CDT Updated Jul 31, 2012 3:15 PM CDT 13 comments Comments United States' Michael Phelps, forefront, and South Africa's Chad le Clos compete in the men's 200-meter butterfly. Phelps finished second. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Newser) – He may not be minting gold as he did at the last Olympics, but Michael Phelps is still making history. The US swimmer picked up a gold and a silver today to bring his career Olympic total to a record 19 medals, reports USA Today. (He's got another silver and two bronzes to go with his 15 golds.) Phelps beat the record of 18 held by former Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina when his 200-meter relay team won. Earlier, he finished second in the 200 butterfly to South Africa's Chad le Clos.