Phelps takes record 19th Olympic medal

Phelps takes record 19th Olympic medal

July 31st, 2012 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

United States' Michael Phelps waits to start the final leg of the men's 4X200-meter freestyle relay as teammate Ryan Lochte, right, whistles to cheer on their teammate before their gold medal win at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, London today. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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LONDON (AP) - Michael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record Tuesday with his 19th as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Games.

With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moved one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul in 1956, 1960 and 1964. And he finally got his first gold of these games, bouncing back from the disappointment of settling for silver when he glided at the end of the 200 butterfly earlier Tuesday.

The United States team of Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens and Phelps on the anchor leg won in 6 minutes, 59.70 seconds. France took the silver in 7:02.77, while China was third in 7:06.30.

Phelps now has 15 golds, two silvers and two bronzes.