Phelps snags record 19th Olympic medal

4:35 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
Michael Phelps, photo courtesy US Presswire
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LONDON (AP) - Michael Phelps is master of the medals.

The swimming sensation has set the Olympic record for most medals won, helping the U.S. to the gold medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay. That brings his medal haul to 19, including a record 15 gold.

Phelps broke the record held by former Russian gymnast Larrisa Latynina.

Earlier, Phelps tied the mark when he was edged out for gold by South Africa Chad le Clos (KLOH) in the 200-meter butterfly.

Allison Schmitt set an Olympic record to win the 200-meter freestyle. The American was clocked at 1 minute, 53.61 seconds, more than a second better than the old mark. American teenager Missy Franklin finished fourth.

The Associated Press

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