Michael Phelps swims last race of career today in an era of unprecedented sporting domination. The Phelps era comes to an end at the London Olympics on Saturday, when Michael Phelps will swim his last competitive race.
Phelps is favored to add one more gold to his collection of 21 Olympic medals when he swims the butterfly leg of the 4×100 medley relay. Currently, he has 17 gold medals, however the butterfly leg is a race the Americans have never lost so he looks to make it 18.
The 27-year-old swam his first Olympics in Sydney 12 years ago and is retiring after London. Furthermore, he is the most decorated olympian and holds many world records.
Michael Phelps swims last race of career today
Friday night, Phelps was seventh, next to last, at the turn in the 100-meter butterfly. However, on the last lap, he did what he’d done so many times before and turned on his gears to power through to the finish. Phelps becomes more and more of a legend as he struck gold, for the 17th time.
“I’m just happy that the last one was a win,” Phelps said. “That’s all I really wanted coming into the night.
Saturday night is going to be one for the books as it is Phelps’ last Olympic moment. He’ll swim the butterfly leg of the 4×100 medley relay, a race that the USA traditionally wins. Phelps said that some of the guys on the team are expecting a big showing from him so we’ll have to see how the show unfolds.
However, it seems like Phelps has changed his motto up since the last Olympics. The pressure of perfection in Beijing, where he won eight gold medals in eight events, is four years behind him. This time, he mentioned, the last dance is all about fun and history.
Michael Phelps won the 100 fly for a third consecutive Olympics. Furthermore, a night earlier Phelps three-peated in the 200 individual medley. Before that, no man had won the same individual swimming event in three consecutive Games.
Add all of that history to this continues as Phelps is up to 21 medals, which is three more than anyone else has ever won. The cool thing is Phelps has a chance tonight to get his fingers on another one.
“I think once I’m done, and once tomorrow is over, I think there is going to be a lot more emotion that really comes out,” Phelps said.
Phelps continued by saying, “To be honest, I thought it would hit me harder than it is right now.” Phelps also said, “I don’t really, I don’t know, I guess a lot of those emotions haven’t really come through my brain over the last week.”
If the relay goes gold tonight, he’ll finish his Olympic career with 22 medals, 18 of them gold. The last individual race of Phelps’ career..
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