It was a down-and-back swim that showed Phelps, as usual, is in peak form on the biggest stage and perfectly capable of winning every race he enters at his fifth Olympics.
"I have done it (cupping) for a while but I haven't had bad ones like this for a while", Phelps said of the welts, which caused a stir among TV viewers when Phelps made his Rio debut on Sunday in the men's 4×100 metre freestyle final. Considering Phelps went 1:52-high at last summer's U.S. Nationals, there figures to be plenty more in the GOAT's tank.
When Michael Phelps arrived in Rio as a 31-year-old swimmer who retired once and endured plenty of turmoil away from the pool, everyone wondered just how many gold medals was a realistic goal.
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On Saturday, some of the proud locals watched as Brazil's women's handball team beat Olympic champion Norway. Lea has blazed her own path in the fashion industry, working with everyone from Givenchy to Redken.
Swimmers Michael Phelps and Caeleb Dressel celebrate their team's victory in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final on August 7 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
"It breaks what sport is meant to be", said Phelps.
"I'm very happy with tonight's performance".
Such was the case Monday night as South Africa's Chad Le Clos stood in front of a seated Michael Phelps ahead of their 200m Butterfly semifinal and appeared to shadowbox to the music in his headphones. I thought my underwaters were better than this morning. And for Phelps's part, he says his "face" had nothing to do with le Clos:But then some remembered that his "I'm not impressed" face wasn't exactly new...
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The two were friendly then, with the American saying he wanted to visit South Africa and go shark-diving with Le Clos's help. US stars Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles figure to be part of Tuesday's action on Day 4 of the Rio Olympics.
Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, now has 19 golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
By other people, I mean the average American, who does not follow swimming.
When Le Clos qualified seventh fastest for the final earlier in the day, there were concerns that he had unnecessarily taken on too heavy a workload.
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He faded badly in the last 50m in both the heat and the semi-final and it seemed that he would not have enough left in the tank to challenge when it mattered.