Los mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

Michael Phelps, con 19 medallas hasta el momento, superó a la gimnasta soviética Larisa Latynina, quien ganó un total de 18 condecoraciones del Olimpo (9 oros,

5 platas y 4 bronces), la última en las justas de 1964. El tiburón Phelps, con 15 oros, 2 platas y 2 bronces, tiene aún posibilidades de acumlar más preseas en su carrera y en las que ha dicho serán sus últimas justas olímpicas. Un vistazo a quienes quedaron detrás del nadador estadounidense.

El estadounidense Michael Phelps posa con su medalla de oro del relevo 4x200 libre en los Juegos Olímpicos el martes, 31 de julio de 2012, en Londres. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

United States' Michael Phelps celebrates winning the gold medal during the medal ceremony for the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

Larisa Latynina of Russia during her performance on the beam at the final of the woman's gymnastics held Sept. 9, 1960 at Rome's Terme Di Caracalla. She won second place in this event. (AP Photo)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

FILE - A Thursday July 24, 1980 photo from files of Nikolai Andrianov of the Soviet Union working with the rings in the men's gymnastics in Moscow Olympics. Andrianov captured the silver medal in the event as the gold was won by teammate Alexandr Distyatin. Nikolai Andrianov, whose 15 Olympic medals made him the games' second-most-decorated man, has died at age 58. The International Gymnastics Federation said he died Monday, March 21, 2011, in his hometown of Vladimir, 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Moscow. Russian news reports said Andrianov had suffered for years from the degenerative neurological disorder called multiple system atrophy. (AP Photo/File)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

Russia's Boris Shakhlin appears to be poised above the bar during competition Oct. 23, 1964, in the gymnastic horizontal bar event of the Olympic games in Tokyo. He won a gold medal. (AP Photo)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

Japanese gymnast Takashi Ono seen in action at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. (AP Photo)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

ANTWERP, BELGIUM - APRIL 20: Paavo Nurmi of Finland winner of the Men's 10,000m, stands on the field during the VII Olympic Games on April 20, 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium. (Photo by Getty Images)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

ATHENS, GREECE - AUGUST 28: Kanu: Olympische Spiele Athen 2004, Athen; Kanu Rennsport / Kajak K2 500m und Kajak K4 500m / Frauen; Birgitt FISCHER / GER mit ihren beiden Medaillien: Gold im Kajak K4 500m und Silber im Kajak K2 500m 28.08.04. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

Japan's Sawao Kato is shown performing the ring exercise during the XX Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany, Aug. 30, 1972. Kato is the leader after the 5th exercise in the Olympic individual gymnastics competition. (AP Photo)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

Jenny Thompson of the United States shows off the gold medal she won in the womens 100 meter butterfly final at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia Thursday January 15, 1998. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

United States' Dara Torres celebrates winning the silver medal during the medal ceremony of the women's 50-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Russian gymnast Alexei Nemov waves after recieving the gold medal in the men's all-around at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Sydney. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho)

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** FILE ** In this August 31, 1972, file photo, American swimmer Mark Spitz holds five of the seven gold medals he won at the Olympics in Munich, Germany. In an interview Wednesday, July 2, 2008, with The Associated Press, the star of the 1972 Munich Games left little doubt that he expects his 36-year-old mark to be on the Olympic books for only another month or so. Michael Phelps will attempt to break Spitz's record of seven gold medals at the Olympics in Beijing. (AP Photo/Pool, FILE)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

Matt Biondi of Moraga, Ca., U.S.A., is shown with his Olympic gold medal during awarding cermonies after the men's 800-meter freestyle relay at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, Sept. 21, 1988. Biondi anchored the U.S. team to a world record victory of 7 minutes, 12.51 seconds. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

ARCHIV: Vera Caslavska zeigt ihre vier olympischen Medaillen im Turnen von den Olympischen Spielen in Mexiko City (Foto vom 25.10.1968). Vera Caslavska, Turnkoenigin und eine der Symbolfiguren des von sowjetischen Panzern niedergewalzten "Prager Fruehlings", wird am Donnerstag (03.05.12) 70 Jahre alt. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: AP/dapd

Mayores medallistas olímpicos de la historia

Gold medalist Natalie Coughlin of the U.S. shows her medal after winning the 100m backstroke the 2004 Olympic Games Monday, August 16 2004 in Athens, Greece. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)