Rio 2016: Michael Phelps wins 19th gold medal
US swimming legend Michael Phelps extended his record gold medal tally on Sunday, crowning a record-breaking day of drama at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Rio de Janeiro: US swimming legend Michael Phelps extended his record gold medal tally on Sunday, crowning a record-breaking day of drama at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, produced a stunning second leg to inspire the United States to victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
The 31-year-old — who has now won 19 gold medals, 23 overall — roared with delight and hugged his team-mates after they came home ahead of defending champions France in silver, with Australia third.
It was a fairytale moment for Phelps, who came out of retirement for one last crack at the Olympics after battling his personal demons during a stint in rehab.
The American quartet's display capped a superb night at the Maria Lenk Olympic Aquatics Centre which saw three world records broken.
Phelps's fellow prodigy Katie Ledecky was among the biggest winners, obliterating her own world best in the in the 400m freestyle on her way to gold.
The 19-year-old touched the wall in 3min 56.46sec, taking nearly two seconds off her previous recor