Olympic Games Day Four : swimming finals

U.S. Michael Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history on Tuesday with 19 medals, surpassing the 18 won by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina from 1956-1964

  • South Africa's Chad le Clos, front, and United States' Michael Phelps compete in the 200-meter butterfly swimming final. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Supporters of the US swimming team bearing the colors of their national flag attend the swimming event. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

  • United States' Allison Schmitt reacts as she wins gold in the women's 200-meter freestyle swimming final. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Britain's Andrew Willis, leads ahead of Japan's Kosuke Kitajima, right, in a men's 200-meter breaststroke swimming heat. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • US swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 200m butterfly final. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

  • China's Ye Shiwen poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 200m individual medley final. REUTERS/Toby Melville

  • Belgium's Pieter Timmers reacts after competing in a men's 100-meter freestyle swimming heat. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos reacts after her women's 200m butterfly semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

  • Michael Phelps (C) of the U.S. competes with Austria's Dinko Jukic (L) and Chad le Clos of South Africa in the men's 200m butterfly final. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

  • Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos warms up before her women's 200m butterfly semi-final. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

  • Chad le Clos of South Africa reacts after winning the men's 200m butterfly final. REUTERS/David Gray

  • Le Clos holds his gold medal on the podium. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

  • Britain's Jemma Lowe (L) and China's Liu Zige swim in the women's 200m butterfly heats. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

  • Michael Phelps of the U.S. smiles after winning the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final. REUTERS/Toby Melville

  • Michael Phelps of the U.S. holds his 19th Olympic medal presented to him in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay victory ceremony. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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