Michael Phelps ready to retire after losing to a Singaporean

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American swimming legend Michael Phelps, who was beaten by 21-year-old Joseph Schooling of Singapore, says he does not intend to compete in another Olympics once Rio 2016 is over.

The 31-year-old, who has won 22 Olympic gold medals, quit after London 2012 only to reverse that decision in 2014.

"I'm not going four more years and I'm standing by that," he insisted after finishing in a three-way tie for silver in the 100m butterfly final.

"I've been able to do everything I've ever put my mind to in the sport. I'm happy with how things finished."

However, team-mate Ryan Lochte thinks Phelps will be in Tokyo in 2020.

"I guarantee he will be there,'' Lochte told NBC. "I think so. I really think so. So Michael, I'll see you in Tokyo."

Phelps can add to his Olympic tally in the 4x100m medley relay at 03:04 BST on Sunday.

"I'm happy," added Phelps, who said he wanted to spend more time with newborn son Boomer and fiancee Nicole.

Phelps made his Olympic bow in 2000, winning his first gold in Athens in 2004. He has 27 Olympic medals in total, nine more than his closest rival. (BBC)

 

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  • yashy Saturday, 13 August 2016 02:06 PM

    he has done everything and loosing to someone in his amazing carrier will never write off his trade mark which had been established by him over the years. via DM iOS App

    zee Saturday, 13 August 2016 05:39 PM

    Hats off my state mate...fellow Marylander...with a loss its proved that none is supreme...except the creator... via DM Android App

    Labby Saturday, 13 August 2016 05:57 PM

    Some big names just can't take defeat.

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 13 August 2016 06:50 PM

    Class is permanent. We bow to your talents.

    Cobra Saturday, 13 August 2016 07:47 PM

    You can't win 'em all.There's always the possibility that someone better comes along and you have to step down and hand over the crown!

    rise Saturday, 13 August 2016 09:19 PM

    we should talk about the winner from Singapore not the looser via DM iOS App

    Dee Sunday, 14 August 2016 09:00 AM

    Unfortunately sri lankan legends want to reign supremacy even after defeat, old age and probably till death. How great are we?

    lkboy Monday, 15 August 2016 10:34 AM

    Yeah. like MR.


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