In Shanghai, famed U.S. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is back, and he’s not settling for anything less than gold. While his laps aren’t as fast as he was at the 2008 Olympics, he is still the gold medal champion for the 200 meter butterfly. Despite his losses earlier this year, he just achieved his fifth-world title in the race.
After winning his first world championship ten years ago, he claimed the gold medal over close competitors Takeshi Matsuda (Japan) and Wu Peng (China). Phelps completed the race in 1 minute, 53.34 seconds.
The United States went through a sort of hysteria over Michael Phelps at the 2008 Olymics, when he racked up an impressive eight gold medals (in addition to six gold and two bronze in Athens in 2004), and we are all anxiously awaiting to see how he fares at what is said to be his last Olympics, the 2012 Summer Games in London.