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Michael Phelps Gets 20th Gold Medal Of Career At Rio Olympics

CBS / AP: Michael Phelps made up for one of the few losses in his Olympic career.

Now, he’s got an even 20 gold medals.

Phelps avenged his defeat at the 2012 London Games by winning the 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday night, holding off Japan’s Masato Sakai by a mere four-hundredths of a second.

In 2012, Phelps took silver in those Summer Games, losing to South Africa’s Chad Le Clos. You know, the guy who danced in front of Phelps on Monday night,CBSSports.com reported.

Phelps touched the wall first and then finger-wagged Le Clos’ way. He followed that up with some fist pumps and by raising his arms to the crowd.

He’d had this one marked on his calendar ever since he came out of retirement. Four years ago, Phelps misjudged his finish — gliding a little too long after his final stroke — and was edged at the wall by Le Clos.

This time, it was Phelps out front — barely — while Le Clos could only manage a fourth-place showing. Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi claimed the bronze.

He has one more race Tuesday night, anchoring the U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Swimming pool

Here is the full list of his medals:

GOLD: 20; SILVER 2; BRONZE: 2

  • 2004 (Athens)
  • 400 Individual Medley (Gold-WR)
  • 100 Butterfly (Gold-OR)
  • 200 Butterfly (Gold-OR)
  • 200 Individual Medley (Gold-OR)
  • 4X100 Medley Relay (Gold)
  • 4X200 Freestyle Relay (Gold)
  • 200 Freestyle (Bronze)
  • 4X100 Freestyle Relay (Bronze)
  • 2008 (Beijing)
  • 200 Freestyle (Gold-WR)
  • 4X100 Freestyle Relay (Gold-WR)
  • 4X200 Freestyle Relay (Gold-WR)
  • 200 Butterfly (Gold-WR)
  • 200 Individual Medley (Gold-WR)
  • 400 Individual Medley (Gold-WR)
  • 4X100 Medley Relay (Gold-WR)
  • 100 Butterfly (Gold-OR)
  • 2012 (London)
  • 100 Butterfly (Gold)
  • 200 Individual Medley (Gold)
  • 4X100 Medley Relay (Gold)
  • 4X200 Freestyle Relay (Gold)
  • 4X100 Freestyle Relay (Silver)
  • 200 Butterfly (Silver)
  • 2016 (Rio De Janeiro)
  • 4X100 Freestyle Relay (Gold)
  • 200 Butterfly (Gold)
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