The 2012 London Olympic Games still have eight days left to go, but for Michael Phelps, they're over. The swimmer took to the pool for one final time on Saturday, his last Olympic race before retirement. How did he do? If you're not into being spoiled for the Olympics, stop reading here.
In the 4x100-meter medley relay, Phelps and teammates Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian took the gold, finishing in just 3:29.35. Runner-up Japan clocked in with 3:31.26, while the bronze medal went to Australia with 3:31.58.
The win solidified Phelps' reign as the most decorated Olympian of all time. His awe-inspiring record stands at 22 medals total, with 18 gold, two silver, and two bronze. And as though his trophy case wasn't already bursting at the seams, Phelps was presented with an additional trophy at the medal ceremony: FINA, the International Swimming Federation, gave him a trophy engraved with the words, "To Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympic athlete of all time."
Phelps' final Olympic games weren't as phenomenal as 2008's Beijing Olympics, which saw him grab a stunning eight gold medals. Phelps only competed in seven events this year, and placed fourth in the first (though, to be fair, he only started training for that event this year). His next two races granted him his only two career silvers, while he rounded out the other four races in the gold-winning top spot. Six medals was still the most gained by any swimmer in this year's games. His heir appearent, Ryan Lochte, managed to nab five medals.
Phelps retires as the most decorated Olympian of all-time, a title that can't be understated, especially since he's only 27 years old. The 2012 Olympic Games were an appropriate finish to an illustrious career, and now Phelps can rest on his well-earned laurels.