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2012 London Olympics: Michael Phelps Captures Record 19th Medal In Men's 4 X 200 Relay

At last, Michael Phelps is in a class of his own as the winningest Olympian in history. As the heavily-favored U.S. captured gold in the men's 4x200 freestyle relay Tuesday night, the Baltimore native notched his 15th career gold and 19th medal overall, stretching back to the 2004 Games in Athens. To recap, Phelps now has 15 gold medals, two silver and two bronze. If he was a country, he'd rank 55th on the all-time medal count.

So yes, he appears pleased with his performance.


Phelps, who anchored the race for the Americans, along with Ryan Lotche, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens finished with a first-place time of 6:59.70 more than three seconds above France (7:02.77) and China (7:06.30), who came in second and third respectively to capture the silver and bronze medals.

Here are the official times from the record-setting win, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

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