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By Wang Mengru  (

08:15, December 13, 2012

Phelps breaks Olympic medal record

Michael Phelps, the most prolific medalist the Olympics have ever witnessed, put the finishing touches on his glittering Olympic career in a team relay at the London Olympics on Aug. 4.

Michael Phelps was once again the man of the night in the Aquatic center in the London Olympic Games as he wrote another incredible chapter of his already legendary book.

The 27-year-old defeated rival Ryan Lochte in the final of the 200 meters medley to win his 16th gold medal and his 20th Olympic medal in total. The win makes further Olympic history as Phelps becomes the first male swimmer to win the same event in three separate Games.

He has now bid farewell to the Olympics, his competitors and fans, and to his career, which has seen him mature from a restless kid who found an outlet for his energy in the water to a cross-over star with all the trappings of modern celebrity.

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