Phelps se despidió con otra medalla de oro

Con la medalla de oro en los 100m mariposa, que Phelps obtuvo este viernes, son 21 las preseas olímpicas del nadador que lo ratifican como el atleta más decorado en la historia de torneo orbital. De lejos, Phelps superó a la gimnasta Larisa Latynina en el mayor número de medallas olímpicas con un total de 19 preseas. Este martes, también se había alzado con la de plata en los 200 metros mariposa, en una reñida final con el surafricano Chad le Clos. Su marca, al final de su presentación en Londres 2012, y aparentemente de su carrera es 17 oros, 2 platas y dos bronces.

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United States' Michael Phelps waves after receiving his silver medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

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United States' Conor Dwyer, top left, United States' Ryan Lochte, center top, United States' Ricky Berens, top right, and United States' Michael Phelps, in the water, react as they win gold in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

El nadador estadounidense Michael Phelps (dcha), plata, se cruza con el oro, el sudafricano Chad Le Clos.

El nadador estadounidense Michael Phelps (dcha) se cruza en las calles de la piscina con el sudafricano Chad Le Clos, ganador del oro en 200 metros mariposa, este martes en los Juegos de Londres, donde Phelps, plata, igualó el récord absoluto de medallas olímpicas, con 18. (AFP | Odd Andersen)

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This combination of photos shows United States' Michael Phelps holding each of his eight gold medals after the 400m individual medley, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 4 x 200m freestyle relay, 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly and the 4x100-meter medley relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. (AP Photo)

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Michael Phelps of the U.S. reacts on the medal stand after the U.S. finished third in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2004 Olympic Games Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004 in Athens, Greece. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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Swimming multi-medalist Michael Phelps from USA shows one of his gold medals during a press conference in Athens on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004. Phelps won eight medals, six gold and two bronze, in the Athens Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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Gold medalist Michael Phelps of the United States waves during the awarding ceremony of the men's 200-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. Phelps set a world record in the event. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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United States' gold medal winners, from left, Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay and Ryan Lochte, hold an American flag after the medal ceremony for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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United States' gold medal winner Michael Phelps celebrates during the medal ceremony of the men's 200-meter individual medley during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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Gold medalist United States' Michael Phelps, center, reacts during the presentation ceremony for the men's 100-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. At left is Serbia's Milorad Cavic, who took silver and and at right is bronze medalist Andrew Lauterstein from Australia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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United States' Michael Phelps celebrates winning the gold medal after 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)

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United States' Aaron Peirsol, left, and Michael Phelps hold up their country's flags after the medal ceremony of the men's 4x100m medley relay in which they won the gold, during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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Michael Phelps, of the United States, looks on after being awarded a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the Olympic Aquatic Centre during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Monday Aug. 16, 2004. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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Michael Phelps of the U.S. kisses his gold medal after winning the 200m butterfly at the 2004 Olympic Games Tuesday, August 17, 2004 in Athens, Greece. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Bronze medalist Michael Phelps, right, of the U.S., gold medalist Ian Thorpe of Australia, center, and silver medalist Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands pose with their medals after the 200m freestyle the 2004 Olympic Games Monday, August 16 2004 in Athens, Greece. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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Michael Phelps, of the United States, smiles with his gold medal after winning the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympic Aquatic Centre during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Friday, Aug. 20, 2004. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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** FILE In this Aug. 17, 2008, file photo, United States' Michael Phelps displays his eighth gold medal after the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Phelps acknowledged "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment" after a photo in a British newspaper Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,file)

El nadador estadounidense Michael Phelps compitiendo por una plaza en la final de los 200 m mariposa, el lunes.

Imagen tomada con una cámara submarina que muestra al nadador estadounidense Michael Phelps compitiendo en la semifinal de los 200 metros mariposa, el lunes 30 de julio en los Juegos de Londres. (AFP | François Xavier Marit)