More annals tumble as Phelps collects 19th gold


RIO DE JANEIRO Michael Phelps picked adult his 19th bullion award on a second night of universe annals in a Olympic pool, with Katie Ledecky cruising to women’s 400 meters freestyle feat and Britain’s Adam Peaty using divided with a men’s 100 breaststroke.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom extended Saturday’s record debauch in winning a 100 meters butterfly, and Peaty and Ledecky followed fit in a subsequent dual finals before a U.S. men’s team, with Phelps swimming second, took a 4×100 freestyle relay.

Six swimming universe annals have now depressed in dual days of competition, and a United States changed turn with Australia on dual bullion medals each.

Phelps, a many flashy Olympian of all time, now has 19 golds, dual silvers and dual bronzes. For his send group friends Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held, it was their initial Olympic medal.

London Olympics 100 freestyle champion Nathan Adrian swam a final leg for a Americans, touching initial forward of France and Australia.

“On a retard we suspicion my heart was going to explode, we was so hyped, so excited,” pronounced Phelps, competing in his fifth Olympics.

Ledecky, a rising U.S. swimming sensation, shaved 1.91 seconds off her possess universe record on a approach to a 400m gold, a initial theatre of a singular three-way she hopes to finish along with a 200m and 800m.

“It’s pristine happiness,” a 19-year-old told reporters.

“I wanted a initial 200 to harm as small as probable and we unequivocally felt like we could build into it and unequivocally raze that final 50,” she combined after heading a competition from start to finish.


Britain’s Peaty set his second universe record in uninterrupted days, and seemed astounded by a domain of his feat – 1.56 seconds – over fortifying champion Cameron outpost der Burgh of South Africa.

“I overwhelmed a wall and looked around and suspicion ‘where is everybody?’ Peaty told reporters.

The final British male to win an Olympic swimming bullion was Adrian Moorhouse in a same eventuality in 1988, 6 years before Peaty was born. On a large night for a British team, Jazz Carlin won a china award behind Ledecky.

In a butterfly, Sjostrom became a initial Swedish lady to win an Olympic bullion medal, with Canada’s 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak holding silver. American Dana Vollmer, a 2012 champion, clinched bronze.

“The feeling is totally crazy. we didn’t comprehend it was a universe record,” Sjostrom said.

“I knew we was a large favorite. we was underneath pressure, so we attempted to concentration on no disasters. Before a start we pronounced to myself: ‘It’s only a pool. It’s nothing. we know what to do.'”

In a sign of a doping controversies that stubborn a rave to a Olympics, there were shrill boos for Russian breaststroker Yulia Efimova and a men’s send team.

Efimova, who has served dual doping suspensions, succeeded in an interest final week opposite being criminialized from Rio.

She was one of a series of Russians who argued successfully that incompatible them from a Olympics would be punishing them again for a same offense.

She competent second for Monday’s 100 breaststroke final, 0.02 seconds behind Lilly King of a United States.

(Writing by Mark Trevelyan)


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