Michael Phelps Could Break an Olympic Record That’s 2,168 Years Old

How ridiculously awesome is Michael Phelps?  Not only does he hold the record for most Olympic gold medals with 21, and the most medals overall with 25, but…

he may very well break a record today that has stood for 2,168 years.

When Phelps won the men’s 200-meter butterfly the other night, he earned his 12th individual gold medal.  That tied a record set by Leonidas of Rhodes in 152 BC.

In four straight Olympiads, Leonidas won three events:  A sprint called the stadion, a longer run called the daiulos, and a race done while wearing armor, called the hoplite race.

It gets better:  Phelps has two chances to beat that record.  He’s in the 200-meter individual medley today, and the 100-meter butterfly tomorrow.

Speaking of Phelps’ medal count, he’s got more hardware than 91 countries, including Portugal, Peru, Singapore, and Serbia

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