London 2012 day 4 finals: Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian in history

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Another historic day at the London 2012 Olympics, Michael Phelps winning his 15th Olympic gold medal and 19 medals in total, becoming the most decorated Olympian ever. This after demonstrating true statesmanship at the 200 butterfly ceremony, applauding South Africa’s Chad Le Clos for out-touching him from what could have been his historic 3rd individual gold medal in the same event. USA first in the men’s 4×200 relay, clocking 6.59.70 ahead of France in 7:02.77 and China in 7:06.40. Chad Le Clos first in the men’s 200 butterfly, clocking 1:52.96 ahead of Michael Phelps in 1:53.01 and Takeshi Matsuda (JPN) in 1:53.21. USA’s Allison Schmitt first in the women’s 200 freestyle with a new Olympic Record of 1:53.61 ahead of Camille Muffat (FRA) in 1:55.58 and Bronte Barratt (AUS) in 1:55.81. China’s Shiwen Ye winning the women’s 200 IM in a new Olympic Record of 2:07.57 ahead of Alicia Coutts (AUS) in 2:08.15 and Caitlin Leverenz (USA) in 2:08.95. James “The Missile” Magnussen (AUS) clocking fastest time of 47.63 in the men’s 100 freestyle semifinal, Kathleen Hersey (USA) the fastest of 2:05.90 in the women’s 200 butterfly semifinal and Michael Jamieson (GBR) the fastest of 2:08.20 in the men’s 200 breaststroke semifinal. Brilliant!

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