Phelps wins silver - wins most medals of any Olympian ever

9:13 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
Michael Phelps after early Olympic heats Tuesday in London (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
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(WXIA) -- Michael Phelps ended up taking silver in the 200 butterfly, and landing another gold as the US won the 4x200 meter relay. Tuesday's wins put him above Russian gymnast Larisa Latyniana, and give him 19 all-time Olympic medals. This makes Phelps the most-medaled individual in Olympic history.

Phelps finished .05 seconds behind South Africa's Chad le Clos, who shouted and slapped the water in celebration. Le Clos won in 1:52.96, pulling ahead of Phelps in the final meters.

Tuesday's race was similar to the 100 butterfly race four years ago in Beijing, when Phelps barely edged Milorad Cavic, getting to the touchpad just .01 seconds ahead of the Serbian swimmer.

Against le Clos, Phelps appeared to glide to the finish. It cost him a shot at winning his third consecutive gold medal in the event.

UGA's Allison Schmitt was also back in the pool Tuesday afternoon for the USA in the women's 200 freestyle.

Schmitt picked up gold, while Californian Missy Franklin finished fourth.

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