, the record-breaking Olympian, won his eighteenth gold medal under 4x100m swimming medley
relay in the 2012 London Olympics
on Aug 4,2012. Phelps is also the most successful swimming champion in the Olympics
so far, appearing in 3 Olympic events consecutively. By recording this win, he has won 22 gold medals overall. While fans wish to see his successful career continue, it's sad news that he had made a decision to conclude his career with 2012 London Olympics
"I told myself I never want to swim when I'm 30, "No offense to those people who are 30, but that was something I always said to myself, and that would be in three years. I just don't want to swim for those three years." said the US swimming champion to the reporters, according to Newser
completed the Olympic winning series with 4 gold and 2 silver medals and this is perhaps the best performance by any swimmer participating in the Olympic events. He had surpassed many previous record holders achievements like winning the fifth individual medley relay gold medals, thus breaking the previous record of 4 golds won by Yana Klochkova
and Tamas Darnyi
, consecutively winning 3 golds in the same event and Mark Spitz
's 33 world record awards was surpassed by Phelps who had created 39 world records.. Commemorating his remarkable achievement, FINA
, the International federation of swimming, honored Michael Phelps with the Lifetime achievement award.
After winning his last Olympic medal, Phelps gave a hug to his long-time coach,Bob Bowman
. Phelps told
the reporters,"Bob and I have somehow managed to do every single thing,"
had bid adieu to the Olympic pool but as FINA'S lifetime achievement trophy
awarded for him bears the words, he is certainly the "Greatest Olympian of all time"