Legendary swimmer Michael Phelps has confirmed rumors that he is going to hang his boots and retire from professional swimming. He has made it clear that he will neither take part at international level, national and cub level and that he intends to leave the world of swimming altogether and at once.
The man who has been hailed as the best athletes of all times had made it clear that he wouldn’t continue in the sport after 30 years of age has said that after being part of this Olympic and winning twenty medals in all, there was not much to do in the sports.
To be true, he had conquered every possible domain in swimming. If last time, he had won 8 Olympic medals, he won four this time, including a gold in 200IM where he beat his teammate Ryan Lochte comprehensively.
And today he finally has clearly uttered the quit word. “No more competitive swimming, no more club meets. I will definitely retire after London Olympics” a news agency quoted the legendary swimmer as saying. He has won twenty medals in Olympics thus becoming the first athlete to win so many medals.
To be true, a country with 1.2 billion population, India has not been able to win even half of what he has won in the last three Olympics that he has competed in. Thus far, while Phelps has won 4 medals including one gold medal, the Indian contingent has won merely two medals including a silver and a bronze medal.
Meanwhile Phelps fans are praying that he wins one more gold medal to take his medal haul even further. A reader says, “I am seriously hoping Phelps wins Gold in the 100m Butterfly (he qualified 1st) and the final relay race..giving him a total of 22 Olympic Medals, 18 of them Gold…over a span of 4 Olympics..wow..What an American athlete – what a superman of the pool and it sure is great to see the American Flag being raised and our National Anthem played in so many events he has competed in!”
Meanwhile another reader has this to say, It is amazing as how emphatically Michael Phelps has pushed his status even further into the Legendary category. I mean, Babe Ruth conquered Baseball during his era, Michael Jordan destroyed all would be challengers during the prime of his reign in the NBA and here we are with Michael Phelps doing the unimaginable in swimming. ..I for one feel blessed to be living during this era of so many talented athletes from the United States. Be proud of one of our sons who has once again showed everyone why he is still the #1 best swimmer in the world right now. Of course this isn’t 2008 Beijing however at 20 medals now, how can you not give this guy the nod. Absolutely unbelievable and a feat that will surely be difficult to beat for years to come. Enjoy this moment, for it’s a time in history that will be remembered for as long as we continue the Olympics!”