Rio Olympics 2016: Michael Phelps wins gold in final race of career!The legendary swimmer added to his record medal count as he said goodbye to competitive racing!Michael Phelps decided to give it one more shot, and as a result he cemented himself in the minds of a whole new generation of American sports fans.
The 31-year-old won a gold medal -- his fifth of the 2016 Rio Olympics and 23rd overall -- by swimming the butterfly in the 4x100-meter medley relay on Saturday night in the final race of his career.
Ryan Murphy led off by swimming a world record in the backstroke, giving the U.S. a 1.7-second lead. Cody Miller did his job next with the breaststroke leg. Phelps went third, with Nathan Adrian finishing things up with his freestyle.
Leading up to and throughout the games, Phelps has continually reiterated that he will retire after his last race in Rio de Janeiro. If he does, he certainly will have gone out on top.
At the Rio Games, Phelps won individual gold in the 200-meter individual medley and the 200-meter butterfly, while taking silver in the 100-meter butterfly. He also won team gold in the 4x100- and 4x200-meter freestyle relays, along with Saturday's 4x100-meter medley relay.
In 2016, Phelps participated in his fifth Olympic Games. If he has indeed decided to retire, he will finish his historic career with 28 total medals, including 23 gold. Remarkably his first gold medal came in 2000 as a 15-year-old.