Olympic heartthrob Michael Phelps is now the most-winningest athlete in the history of the modern Olympic games, having won 19 Olympic medals in his career.
Phelps gained his recording-breaking 18th medal with a silver medal in the men’s 200m butterfly. Admittedly, it’s a little anti-climatic, and Phelps expressed his displeasure in the water. Of course, he was more gracious on the podium, and more than likely looking forward to the next event and a second chance at gold.
Not an hour later, Michael Phelps along with teammates Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Ricky Berens took the gold in the men’s 2x400m freestyle relay. This gold makes 19 medals total for 27-year old Phelps.
“Thanks to @ryanlochte @conorjdwyer and @RickyBerens for giving me the lead they did going in to the last 200!!!!” Phelps tweeted afterward. “Can’t ask for better team mates then what we have on team USA!!!”
As if winning the gold and making Olympic history isn’t a big enough honor, Michael Phelps also received a personal congratulations from President Barack Obama via Twitter.
“Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time medal record,” Obama tweeted. “You’ve made your country proud. -bo”
“Thank you Mr. President!!” Phelps replied. “It’s an honor representing the #USA!! The best country in the world!!”
Phelps still has 3 events remaining today and this week, and it’s certain that he’ll be setting the bar higher.