Michael Phelps beats 2,000-year old Olympics record

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Michael Phelps is the Olympian that just keeps on giving.

Four competitions so far this summer in Rio and four gold medals taking his overall tally from 18 to 22, and with a 23rd possibly coming in the Men's 100m butterfly, he could be set to cement his name in Olympics history after eclipsing a record set 2,000 years ago.

After picking up golds in the Men's 4x200m freestyle relay, the Men's 200m butterfly, the Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, and the Men's 200m individual medley, the US swimmer beat a long-standing record that goes way back to 152BC.


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Not only is Phelps smashing recent records and eclipsing his own impressive standards, he's also beating records that have outlasted the test of time.

After picking up his 22nd gold medal on Thursday evening, thanks to winning the Men's 200m individual medley, Phelps has now won the most Olympic titles ever, according to historians.

However, this does not take into considering his relay medals, it only takes into consideration his individual medals as relays were not a thing back in the early days.

A tweet sent out by @OlympicStatman stated that Phelps' 12th individual Olympics title meant he tied with Leonidas of Rhodes, who initially set the record back in 152BC.

Back in Leonidas' day, relays were not around so the chance to win medals in relays didn't exist, however, they did compete in individual races, and he won 12 titles in total.

After tying the record, Phelps then went on and beat it by winning the 200m individual medley on Thursday evening, claiming his 13th individual Olympic title.

Not only has he already beaten Leonidas' long-standing record, he could be set to beat his own if he can win another gold medal this evening in the 100m butterfly.

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