LONDON (AP) — The Americans won the 4x200 freestyle relay Tuesday — and that's a 15th gold for Michael Phelps and a new Olympic-record 19th career medal.
So, Michael Phelps has now won more Olympics medals than any other athlete in history. But do you know who had held the record until Tuesday?
It was Larisa Latynina, a small, white-haired former gymnast who hasn't been in action for nearly 50 years.
She won nine gold medals as a gymnast for the Soviet Union, and her 18 total medals had stood since 1964.
The 77-year-old Latynina was in the crowd at North Greenwich Arena on Tuesday to watch the women's gymnastics team final, and she received a warm ovation when her face was shown on the scoreboard late in the competition. She stood up and waved, a big smile on her face as she was introduced by the arena announcer.
Latynina's Olympic career ended after she took home six medals — two of each — from the 1964 Tokyo games.
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