Image: Chicago Tribune

Image: Chicago Tribune

Michael Phelps needs no introduction, if you don’t know him; it’s probably because it is only football you are interested in.

Phelps is a 31-year-old American swimmer who holds the record for the most medals won as an individual in one Olympics game.

Earlier this week, he announced his retirement, which means he retires as the most decorated Olympian of all time.

His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year award.

Michael Phelps has won more Olympic medals than countries and continents.

But what exactly has he won?

Michael Phelps Olympics Medals in Number

28 OLYMPICS MEDALS

  • 23 GOLD MEDALS
  • 3 SILVER MEDALS
  • 2 BRONZE MEDALS

28 MEDALS IN 5 OLYMPICS (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016)

In year 2000, Michael Phelps, 15, became the youngest male to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years.

He did not win a medal at the Sydney Games, but made the finals and finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly.

ATHENS 2004

  • 6 GOLD MEDALS
  • 2 BRONZE MEDALS

BEIJING 2008

  • 8 GOLD MEDALS

LONDON 2012

  • 4 GOLD MEDALS
  • 2 SILVER MEDALS

RIO 2016

  • 5 GOLD MEDALS
  • 1 SILVER MEDAL

MEDAL CATEGORIES

INDIVIDUAL – 13 GOLD MEDALS, 2 SILVER MEDALS and 1 BRONZE MEDAL — 16

RELAY – 10 GOLD MEDALS, 1 SILVER MEDAL and 1 BRONZE — 12

IF PHELPS WERE HIS OWN COUNTRY…

With 23 gold medals, Michael Phelps has more Gold medals than 90 countries, including Ethiopia (21), Argentina (19), Jamaica (19), Mexico (13), India (9), Nigeria (2) et al.

Michael Phelps has the most Olympic medals of any Olympian in modern times, 10 ahead of the nearest competitor, Larisa Latynina of Soviet Union with just 18 medals.

Michael Phelps also has the most individual medals with 16 medals ahead of Latynina who has 14.

FULL LIST OF THE MEDALS

Athens 2004

  1. 400-meter medley – GOLD
  2. 4×100 freestyle relay – BRONZE
  3. 200 freestyle –BRONZE
  4. 200 butterfly – GOLD
  5. 4×200 freestyle relay – GOLD
  6. 200 medley – GOLD
  7. 100 butterfly – GOLD
  8. 4×100 medley relay – GOLD

Beijing 2008

  1. 400 medley – GOLD
  2. 4×100 freestyle relay – GOLD
  3. 200 freestyle – GOLD
  4. 200 butterfly – GOLD
  5. 4×200 freestyle relay – GOLD
  6. 200 medley – GOLD
  7. 100 butterfly – GOLD
  8. 4×100 medley relay – GOLD

London 2012

  1. 4×100 freestyle relay – SILVER
  2. 200 butterfly – SILVER
  3. 4×200 freestyle relay – GOLD
  4. 200 medley ­– GOLD
  5. 100 butterfly – GOLD
  6. 4×100 medley relay – GOLD

Rio 2016

  1. 4×100 freestyle relay – GOLD
  2. 200 butterfly – GOLD 
  3. 4×200 freestyle relay – GOLD 
  4. 200 medley– GOLD 
  5. 100 butterfly– SILVER
  6. 4×100 medley relay – GOLD 
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Author: Timilehin Boyinde

Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.