Michael Phelps Breaks a 2,168-Year-Old Olympic Record
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, swimmer Michael Phelps won five gold medals and one silver, bringing his total medal count to 28 — 23 of those gold. That's more than twice the number of gold medals achieved by any other Olympian and two more individual gold medals than the previous holder, Leonidas of Rhodes, who set the record in 152 BC. Sixty-six countries, including Austria, Iran, and Mexico, have taken home fewer gold medals in total, since the modern Olympics began in 1896, then Phelps did in his five Olympic appearances.
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