Michael Phelps wins 22nd Olympic gold

Michael Phelps became the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Olympics on Thursday when he claimed the gold medal in the men’s 200m individual medley at the Rio Games.

Phelps finished the final in 1 minute 54.66 seconds, almost two seconds ahead of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. China’s Wang Shun took bronze in 1:57.05.

While the landmark is a swimming first, two other athletes have achieved the feat in other Olympic sports: Al Oerter in discuss and Carl Lewis in long jump.

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