Michael Phelps is keeping NBC happy as their 2012 London Olympic Games ratings have bested the 2008 Beijing Olympics for six nights in a row. Phelps continues making history as he won his 16th gold medal in the 200 IM beating Ryan Lochte again. Below is a stunning photo spread with captions of his history making journey in high definition so you can click on them and they get rather big!
Ryan Lochte was beaten by Michael Phelps again in the 2012 London Olympic Games 200 IM as the swimming phenom took his 16th gold medal. Now, the most accomplished swimmer in Olympic history opened an early lead never giving an inch to teammate Lochte, who came in behind Phelps to give the United States a 1-2 finish in the event.
Phelps clocked in at 1 minute, 54.27 seconds for his record 20th career Olympic medal, while Lochte touched in 1:54.90.
Phelps is the first man to win the event at three consecutive Games and came just 48 hours after he won his 18th and 19th Olympic medals to overtake Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina, who held the previous record with 18. This was the first individual gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics for him. What began as looking like a disappointment has turned into something so much different as he’s now won two golds and two silvers in five races. I’m sure someone will say it’s not as good as Beijing, but this is a great representative for our country, and he’s still got two more events to go.