Swimming: Phelps wins last relay gold as US dominate

After the 2012 London Olympics, which he had declared to be his last, Phelps walked away with not only the regret that he simply went through the motions but like many athletes in retirement, he appeared lost and unprepared.

Phelps also has more golds than 62 countries - including India, which has so far won nine golds in the modern Olympics and has 26 medals overall.

"I'm not going four more years and I'm standing by that", Phelps said. One night after his only setback in Rio, a loss to Joseph Schooling in the 100 butterfly, Phelps was back on top.

He ditched the athletes village and spent the night with his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, and their 3-month-old son, Boomer.

While there are unknowns ahead, Phelps is confident he is bowing out at the right time.

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The 19-year-old Ledecky joked that she was proud to be part of Phelps' final Olympics - twice.

"It's really special and the fact that I can do it with a relay is wonderful", she said after the US women beat Australia and Denmark.

Murphy, who won two backstroke golds in Rio, put the Americans out front with a world-record split - it counts since he was leading off - before Britain surged ahead on the breaststroke with its own world-record holder, Adam Peaty.

In the gold medal category, they're closer to triple the amount as second-place Russian Federation.

He wouldn't be for long.

On the return lap, Phelps powered through the water with his windmill of a stroke, surging ahead of James Guy to pass off a lead to the anchor Adrian.

It wasn't in doubt after that.

Florence Griffith-Joyner set a world record time of 10.49 seconds in the 100m sprint at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 - a record that stands today.

RIO DE JANEIRO The United States won its 1,000th Olympic gold medal on Saturday when the American women's 4x100 meter medley relay team clinched victory at the Rio Games. The winning time was 3:53.13.

Australia earned silver, while Denmark took bronze. She also won silver in the 50 free after winning gold in the 100 free on Thursday.

Bolt turned the Olympic Stadium into his stage again for his first race at the Rio Games, cruising to an easy win in his 100-meter heat, backed up by the trademark showmanship to the thrill of the crowd.

"We're here getting that 1,000th medal for the USA and it seems absolutely incredible". "I've been able to do everything I've ever put my mind to in the sport and after 24 years in the sport, I'm happy with how things finished".

It was another huge disappointment for sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia. They were shut out of an individual medal again, with Cate finishing fifth and Bronte seventh.

Blume was the third Danish swimmer to capture a gold. Still, he won comfortably in 14:34.57.

The night, though, belonged to Phelps. Phelps seems to have a better one this time around, with his growing family, but he certainly thought he had a plan last time, too.

"No matter what country you swim for, you're indebted to Michael Phelps for bringing a lot of exposure to the sport and making it a little more mainstream", Murphy said.

In the only way imaginable.



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