Phelps Takes Another Gold, Busts an Ancient Record
Move over, Leonidas of Rhodes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 11, 2016 9:26 PM CDT
Michael Phelps celebrates after winning gold in the men's 200-meter individual medley.   (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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(Newser) – Michael Phelps continued his habit of winning Olympic gold Thursday night by cruising to an easy victory in the 200-meter individual-medley. It's his fourth gold at the Rio Games and his 22nd gold overall, reports AP. It's also his 13th gold in an individual event, which breaks a 2,168-year-old Olympic record held by an ancient sprinter named Leonidas of Rhodes. In one disappointment for Team USA, Ryan Lochte failed to medal with his fifth-place finish. Kosuke Hagino of Japan took the silver and Wang Shun of China the bronze. Earlier, American Ryan Murphy completed a sweep of the men's backstroke events, taking gold in the 200 meters.

Murphy also won the 100 back, becoming the third American man in the last three Olympics to take both races. Aaron Peirsol pulled off the sweep at Athens in 2004 and Lenny Krayzelburg claimed both golds at the 2000 Sydney Games. The 21-year-old Murphy touched in 1 minute, 53.62 seconds. Australia's Mitch Larkin grabbed the silver in 1:53.96, just ahead of Russia's Evgeny Rylov with the bronze in 1:53.97. The United States has not lost a men's backstroke final at the Olympics since 1992. (US gymnast Simone Biles was untouchable in the all-around competition.)