Michael Phelps broke a 2,168-year-old Olympic record

Michael Phelps broke a 2,168-year-old Olympic record
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Michael Phelps has a lot of records. He won his 22nd gold medal on Thursday, extending his record for the most golds of any Olympian ever. His win in the 200 meter butterfly Tuesday made him the first person to win individual swimming gold in Olympic games 12 years apart. That race also made him the oldest man to win individual swimming gold, breaking a 96-year-old record set by Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku in 1920.

But there is an even older record Phelps set when he claimed his 13th individual gold by winning his fourth 200m IM on Thursday.

Typically our oldest sports records are at most 75 or 100 years old, so it’s absolutely wild to think of a sports record that spans millennia. But if we consider today’s modern Olympics to be an extension of the ancient games held in Greece, Phelps has now set a record.

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