Phelps writes new page with four wins in same event
Updated: 2016-08-12 10:31
Michael Phelps of USA competes on the way to winning the gold medal of Men's 200m Individual Medley Final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
RIO DE JANEIRO - Michael Phelps of the United States won the Olympic 200 meters individual medley on Thursday to capture the 22nd gold medal of his career and become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Games.
Japan's 400 IM champion Kosuke Hagino won silver and Wang Shun of China took bronze, both moving dramatically through the field on the final length after turning in fifth and seventh place.
It was yet another extraordinary swim for Phelps, 31, who has now won two individual and two relay golds at his fifth Olympics, two years after coming out of retirement.
His medal haul has now risen to 26, including two silvers and two bronzes, with the 100 butterfly final still to come on Friday. Thirteen of his golds have come in individual races, the rest in relays.