Michael Phelps breaks Olympic medal record
“The Duel in the Pool” provided some of the most exciting moments in London as Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte each went 1-1 in head-to-head competition. Phelps ultimately won the medal race and was the most decorated athlete overall with six total medals (four gold). Phelps also ended his career with Olympics records for overall medals (22) and gold medals (18). Lochte finished close behind with five medals (two gold).
Team USA finished with 16 total medals (eight gold) and easily surpassed its closest competitor Japan (six total medals) and a surprisingly disappointing effort by the Australian men who won just three medals.