31 Jul '12, 11pm

#Olympics: Phelps breaks medal record with relay gold but saw his reign as king of the 200m butterfly end

#Olympics: Phelps breaks medal record with relay gold but saw his reign as king of the 200m butterfly end

LONDON (AFP) - Michael Phelps seized the record for most Olympic medals in a career here on Tuesday but saw his reign as king of the 200m butterfly end before anchoring the United States to a relay gold. South Africa's Chad le Clos denied Phelps' bid for a 200m butterfly treble by a hair, but silver allowed the United States (US) superstar the consolation of matching Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's record of 18 Olympic medals. Phelps returned an hour later and teamed with Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens to capture the 4x200m freestyle relay gold ahead of France and China, edging him one clear of Latynina with 19 medals. "After the 400 free relay we obviously wanted to tie something together and we did it," Phelps told the BBC. "First gold medal of the meet so I'm very happy." Earlier, Phelps had been forced to settle for silver as he suffered his first defeat in...

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