Dear Leonidas of Rhodes: You had 2,168 years of glory. Now step aside, son. Michael Phelps is coming through.
Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley last night. That was his 13th individual gold, which broke the record of 12 that was set by Mr. Of Rhodes back in 152 BC.
One thing Leonidas still has over Phelps is that when he won his last three, he was 36 . . . five years older than Phelps.
By the way, that was Phelps’ fourth straight win in this event. He’s now only the third American to win an individual event four times, along with track and field stars Carl Lewis and Al Oerter.
Speaking of people in Michael Phelps’ rearview mirror, Ryan Lochte was asked yesterday if he’s glad to be swimming during the same era. And he was brutally honest about it.
He said, “Yes and no. I mean, my career would definitely be different. I guess you would say I’d be like the Michael Phelps of swimming if he wasn’t there.
“But at the same time, I love a challenge. That’s why I do the events that I do, and going up against him is a challenge.”