Today in Sports History: July 31

In 2012, American swimmer, Michael Phelps, became the greatest medal winner in Olympic history. He was a part of the winning American team, 4 x 200m freestyle relay in the summer Olympic games in London that got him his 19th career Olympic medal and 15th overall gold medal. 

Phelps was a five-time olympian in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016, and holds 28 Olympic medals: 23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals. 

He was known for his best strokes and events of the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley. He became the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympic teams in June of 2016. 

During the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, he set seven world records, eight American records, and eight Olympic records. Within the same year, he was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. 

He started the Michael Phelps Foundation and continues to grow the sport of swimming and promote healthy lifestyles along with mental health of children. 

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