Michael Phelps has mesmerized the whole world by bagging one gold after the other. Despite all talk of his retiring from the sports, he seems perfectly fit to continue his swimming career for another four to five years and be part of the next Olympics. But he has clearly said that he would leave the sports after this Olympic in London and will not return to sports.
His latest gold medal in 100 meters butterfly final gave him second gold medal of the London Games. So his total haul of medals in London has gone up to five. For an athlete that was being called past his prime, this is another lesson that he has given to his detractors, never to write him off.
He has taken the sheen off Ryan Lochte who had claimed that was his time and his Olympic, implying that Phelps will not be able to continue his magical run in this Olympic games and that he will eclipse him with his performance. But we have seen opposite happening here in London, where Phelps not just continued his fine run, but also eclipsing everyone including Lochte, his teammate and his toughest competitor in the tournament. To be true, Phelps in a direct competition against Lochte, beat him in 200m to clinch gold.
To be true, a late burst in the last 20 meters gave American swimmer Michael Phelps gold in the men’s 100 meters butterfly final Friday, his last individual competition. The greatest swimmer of all time whom the world rightly calls the best athlete in the world history, Phelps clocked 51.21 to take his 17th career gold medal, two tenths ahead of Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin, who claimed the silver.
After winning his last gold, an excited Phelps who neither clinched his fists as he used to do earlier calmly said, “It’s a good way to finish my last individual swim ever”.