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22 Olympic Gold Medals, One Michael Phelps

Just making Olympic history. Again.

10/08/2016 1:44 PM AEST | Updated August 12, 2016 19:36

Michael Phelps is no stranger to breaking records, but now the beast in the pool has enough golds to break a 2000-year-old Olympic record of the most individual victories (it was set by Leonidas of Rhodes in 152 B.C).

On Thursday night (local time) Phelps won the 200 metre individual medley, making it his fourth gold medal at Rio and his 22nd Olympic gold.

He is also now the only swimmer to win the same event in four consecutive games.

Phelps made his Olympic gold debut at the 2004 Athens games, taking home six gold medals in total. The United States swimmer then brought home eight from the 2008 Beijing Olympics (plus a number of world records) while the 2012 London Olympics left him with four more.

Here is Michael Phelps, with every. single. gold.

  • 1. Athens: 400m Individual Medley
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    Michael Phelps can't wipe the grin off his face after breaking a world record and winning his first gold medal for the United States in the men's 400 metre individual medley at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
  • 2. Athens: 200m Butterfly
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    Phelps celebrates his second gold medal after winning the men's 200 metre butterfly at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
  • 3. Athens: 4x200m Freestyle Relay
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    Phelps celebrates his third gold after winning the men's 4x200 metre freestyle relay with Peter Vanderkaay, Ryan Lochte and Klete Keller.
  • 4. Athens: 200m Individual Medley
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    Phelps swims to win his fourth gold medal in the men's 200 metre individual medley at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
  • 5. Athens: 100m Butterfly
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    Phelps celebrates his fifth gold as he wins the 100 metre butterfly final at the Athens Olympic Games.
  • 6. Athens: 4x100m Medley Relay
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    Phelps collects his sixth gold medal from the sidelines as the United States relay team win the gold medal and set a new world record in the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at Athens. He competed in the heats but did not swim in the final.
  • 7. Beijing: 400m Individual Medley
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    Michael Phelps collects his first gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games, making it his seventh gold. Phelps set a new world record the men's 400 metre individual medley event.
  • 8. Beijing: 4x100m Freestyle Relay
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    Garrett Weber-Gale and Phelps celebrate setting a new world record and taking home the gold for the men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay. It is Phelps' eighth gold.
  • 9. Beijing: 200m Freestyle
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    Phelps sets another world record and wins his ninth gold as he dominates the men's 200 metre freestyle final at the Beijing Olympic Games.
  • 10. Beijing: 200m Butterfly
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    Phelps swims to gold and sets a world record in the men's 200 metre butterfly at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He takes home his 10th gold.
  • 11. Beijing: 4x200m Freestyle Relay
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    Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Ricky Berens cheer on Peter Vanderkaay during the men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps takes home his 11th gold medal and the team set a new world record. 
  • 12. Beijing: 200m Individual Medley
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    Michael Phelps wins his 12th gold medal in the 200 metre individual medley at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Phelps sets a new world record and embraces Ryan Lochte after the win.
  • 13. Beijing: 100m Butterfly
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    Michael Phelps wins his 13th gold in the men's 100 metre butterfly final during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is Phelps' seventh gold medal at the Beijing Games.
  • 14. Beijing: 4x100m Medley Relay
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    Phelps swims for another gold in the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Beijing Olympics. Phelps became the first man to win eight gold medals at the same Olympics. It was his 14th Olympic gold medal.
  • 15. London: 4x200m Freestyle Relay
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    Michael Phelps takes home his first gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games after winning the men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay. Phelps became the most medal winning Olympian with 19 medals in total. It was his 15th gold.
  • 16. London: 200m Individual Medley
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    Phelps wins his 16th gold medal in the men's 200 metre individual medley at the London Olympic Games.
  • 17. London: 100m Butterfly
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    Phelps wins his 17th gold medal in the men's 100 metre butterfly at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • 18. London: 4x100m Medley Relay
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    Phelps celebrates winning the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay with team mates Matthew Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian at the London Olympic Games. It is his 18th gold medal.
  • 19. Rio: 4x100m Freestyle Relay
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    Phelps wins his first gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics with teammates Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held and Caeleb Dressel in the men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay. It his 19th Olympic gold.
  • 20. Rio: 200m Butterfly
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    Phelps dominates the pool to win the men's 200 metre butterfly at the Rio Olympic Games. It is his 20th gold.
  • 21. Rio: 4x200m Freestyle Relay
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    An hour after winning the 200 metre butterfly final Michael Phelps brings home another gold in the men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay at Rio. It is his 21st gold. Exhausted and exhilarated, he celebrates with teammate Conor Dwyer. 
  • Rio: 200m Individual Medley
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    Phelps celebrates after winning the men's 200m individual medley and making history, again.

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