Michael Phelps has become the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Phelps earned a record 19th career medal — his 15th gold — with a first-place finish in the 4×200 freestyle relay. Phelps anchored the race alongside teammates Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwer and Ricky Berens. Lochte built up a big lead early on that held for the rest of the race. Team USA finished with a time of 6 minutes, 59.70 seconds. France took silver at 7:02.77 and China bronze with a time of 7:06.30.
Earlier Tuesday, Phelps barely missed a gold in the 200m butterfly, but earned a silver that tied the record for most decorated Olympic athlete — sharing the honor with gymnast Larisa Latynina, who racked up her 18 under the flag of the former Soviet Union.
After South Africa’s Chad le Clos edged Phelps at the wall for the gold in the 200m butterfly, Phelps flipped his cap in disgust and buried his face in his hands, The Associated Press reported. Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda took the bronze.
Also Tuesday, American Allison Schmitt won the gold in 200m free. Her 1:53:61 performance was an Olympic record. Camille Muffat of France took the silver and Bronte Barratt of Australia won bronze. American phenom Missy Franklin, who was hoping for her third medal of the Games, instead placed fourth.
And the American swim team scored another medal in the 200m individual medley. Caitlin Leverenz, an Arizona native, took bronze with her time of 2 minutes, 8.95 seconds. China won gold and Australia silver.
At the end of Day 3, The USA and China are tied with 23 medals, however China has a 13-9 lead with the Gold medals. Japan is in 3rd place with 13 medals, followed by France in 4th place with 11.