Michael Phelps Breaks Olympic Record Set in 164BC

August 12, 2016

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Michael Phelps won his 4th gold medal at the Rio Olympics in winning the 200m individual medley.  He now has 22 gold medal overall and his 13th gold in an individual event.  It's a record of historic proportions.  With his win Thursday night, Michael Phelps breaks a record that has stood for 2,168 years!  Leonidas of Rhodes, an ancient sprinter, won multiple events at the 154th Olympiad in 164BC and continued to win sprinting events over next three games in 160BC, 156BC and 152BC, winning a total of12 individual titles. Now Michael Phelps holds this title and  may add one more individual win with the 100m butterfly held today [8.12.16>. Wow!

And what a day for Simone.  You've got , Simone Biles, the 19 year old gymnast, continued to set her own destiny in fame, winning gold in the women's gymnastics all-around event, compassing the vault, floor exercise, balance beam and uneven bars Wednesday with a commanding score that left no question she is the greatest gymnast of her generation. Then you have Simone Manuel, winning gold in the women's 100m freestyle swim event and becoming the first African-American female to ever win gold in an individual swim event.