Phelps wins 21st Olympic gold

Michael Phelps claimed his second gold medal in one night and the 21st of his career as the United States won the men’s 4x200m Olympic freestyle relay on Tuesday at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

The most successful Olympian of all time swam the final leg to extend his career tally to a total of 25 medals,  including two silver and two bronze.

He won his 20th gold medal earlier in the day with a victory in the 200m butterfly.

It was the fourth successive US Olympic victory in the event.

The Americans led throughout, with Conor Dwyer handing over to Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte. There was a huge roar from the Rio crowd when Phelps sprang from the block with a lead of 1.76 seconds over Japan and 2.88 seconds over Britain.

The Americans touched home in 7 minutes 00.66 seconds.

Phelps, it will be recalled won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, while latest feat in Rio made him the all-ti me record holder with 21 gold medals.