United States women swim for gold in freestyle relay

United States women swim for gold in freestyle relay

With the win, Phelps tied the record of the most individual Olympic titles set by Leonidas of Rhodes.

Phelps and Lochte have won four consecutive gold medals in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Lochte has owned the 200 IM world record for seven years, but Phelps usually comes out on top against him.

It's astonishing to celebrate Phelps' 22 gold medal, just as astonishing as it's been for the last dozen he's won, each of which successively set an Olympic record.

Tonight, Phelps and Lochte square off for the final time in their storied careers, when they take to the pool for the 200m Individual Medley. Australia would take silver while Canada picked up the bronze.

Not only that, but this could mark the last time he'll have the chance to best Phelps in the pool - something he's failed at many more times than he's succeed over their 13-year rivalry.

"This is it. I'm swimming how I want to and this is a great way to finish", he told NBC.

On the fifth night of swimming at the Olympic Aquatic Center, 18-year-old Kyle Chalmers dethroned defending champion Nathan Adrian in the final of the 100 freestyle, the first Australian to be crowned king of speed in 48 years. "It shows I chose the right sport", Chalmers said after the race. As for the other medal events on the night, the women's 200 meter butterfly was one of the closes races yet, as Spain's Mireia Belmonte edged out Australia's Madeline Groves.

She retires with eight Olympic medals across three Games: four gold, two silver and two bronze.

Michael Phelps did something no one has seen in a long time. He is also the second most decorated swimmer ever - Phelps has 25 total, 21 of them gold. Phelps and Lochte are at once teammates and opponents, friends and rivals.

"Ryan brings out the best in me", Phelps said.

When a team dominates the way the USA men's basketball team had dominated coming into Wednesday's game against Australia, a challenge might qualify as a 20-point win, or maybe even a 25-point win.

Like Phelps chasing a fourth Rio title, golden girl Katie Ledecky qualified fastest for the women's 800m freestyle final as she aims to become the first woman to sweep the 200m, 400m and 800m free since Debbie Meyer in 1968.

In the women's all-around, Simone Biles is the favorite to win gold and Aly Raisman will be a medal contender. "Whatever I can do in the second one (100 fly) just to make it through is what I'll do".

The swimming world championships will be held next year in Budapest but Phelps has indicated clearly that Rio really is going to be his swansong.

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