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‘Overwhelmed’ Michael Phelps says Covid-19 has taken toll on his mental health

Olympic champion has been open about his depressionPhelps says family and addressing emotions have been vitalMichael Phelps has admitted that the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a toll on his mental health.The 23-time Olympic swimming champion has spoken i…

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The brilliant Caeleb Dressel doesn’t need to be the next Michael Phelps

The young American sprinter, fresh off a record-tying seven golds at worlds, could be in position to become the face of swimming at the Tokyo Olympics

Caeleb Dressel knew the comparisons were inevitable. The 20-year-old University of Florida student had barely toweled off after capturing his seventh gold medal at last week’s world aquatics championships when he found himself cast as the heir to Michael Phelps as the face of swimming in the United States and, potentially, the world.

Not only had the American sprinter become the first swimmer to win seven golds at a single worlds since Phelps in 2007, Dressel joined Phelps and Mark Spitz as the only swimmers to win seven titles at any long-course international championship.

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Michael Phelps races a great white shark (sort of) – video

Olympic great Michael Phelps races a ‘great white shark’ on Sunday as part of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. The shark was in-fact a computer simulation rather than a actual great white but its swim speed was calculated using data collected from the real thing. Phelps finished the 100m course in 38 seconds, two second slower than the ‘shark’

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LeBron James beats out Michael Phelps to nab AP male athlete of the year

Cavaliers star led Cleveland to first major sports title in 52 yearsSimone Biles was named female athlete of year on MondayLeBron James, who ended 52 years of sports heartache by bringing Cleveland a championship and used his fame to address social cau…

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Rio 2016: amid the politics Olympics were a kaleidoscopic fortnight of sport | Andy Bull

From Usain Bolt’s golden triumphs to a green pool and Michael Phelps’s herculean achievements, the Games were swept along by a crazy rhythm in Rio

On the seventh day of the Games, it seemed, for a brief, bewildering moment, as though a bomb had gone off in the Olympic Park. A thunderclap sounded around the aquatics stadium and echoed across the food court. No one fled. Instead everyone sped towards the scene. It turned out that Brazilian police had detonated a discarded rucksack – they later explained that it had contained a jacket and a pair of socks – and then opened the gates to the basketball arena, where Spain were about to play Nigeria. All those running people were just in a rush to take their seats. Otherwise, no one blinked because it was the third similar incident in a week. There had been another detonation during the men’s cycling road race and a third outside the Maracanã. That familiar phrase, “controlled explosion”, seems now to sum up the Rio Olympics.

Related: Simone Biles the bandleader of a US quintet that might never be bettered | Bryan Armen Graham

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 – behind the scenes

Stars from the world of sport were out in force at the BBC’s annual awards extravaganza and Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins got special access to see how the event at Birmingham’s Genting Arena came together

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Obama jokes about ‘Phelps face’ during Olympians’ White House visit – video

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle saluted the US Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday. Obama jokes about performing a routine with Simone Biles and later referenced the infamous ‘Phelps face’. At the end of the event, Biles presented the Obamas with a surf board in recognition of the sport being introduced to Olympic line-up

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Phelps’ farewell, Farah and Bolt on the track: Rio 2016, day eight – in pictures

From Usain Bolt 100m heat to golds for Mo Farah, Michael Phelps and Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig – here are the best images from day eight of the Olympics

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Michael Phelps caps glittering Olympic career with one final swimming gold

  • Phelps helps USA win 4×100 individual medley relay – his 23rd gold
  • Simone Manuel claims individual silver and anchors US women to gold
  • Gregorio Paltrinieri wins 1500m and Pernille Blume wins for Denmark

In the same way the statue of Christ the Redeemer dominates the Rio skyline so Michael Phelps now transcends his sport. It did not require one final gold medal in the 4 x 100 medley relay – his 23rd gold and 28th Olympic medal – to reinforce his status as the most decorated Olympian of all time but he delivered it anyway. The outstretched arms of Phelps will encourage swimmers to aim higher for as long as there is water on the surface of the earth.

The chances of any other male athlete from any sport eclipsing Phelps’s tally are not so much remote as inconceivable. Maybe the remarkable Katie Ledecky, still only 19, will edge into similarly rarified territory but she will have to dig extraordinarily deep over the next dozen years to do so. The phenomenal Phelps has taken the art of winning to a level beyond the average human imagination.

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Michael Phelps’s road to redemption: the champion who found a hinterland

For so long an intensely focused swimming machine, the most successful Olympian ever is opening up and relishing his last moments representing the US

On the afternoon before the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, Michael Phelps sat atop the dais in a grand room. The dais was on a stage, and the stage was high above a mass of journalists lined up in an endless row of chairs that made Phelps appear as if he was the secretary general of the Olympics. Which is what, with more medals than any Olympian ever, he has sort of become.

The occasion was the announcement of America’s top swimmer as his country’s flagbearer at the following night’s opening. It was an immense honor for a man who already had 18 gold medals and was about to add to that tally. Phelps had never shown much interest in carrying the flag in previous Olympics. In fact, until this year, he had never walked in an opening ceremony, given that his previous competition schedules demanded he swim the following mornings and he didn’t want to tax his legs by standing for hours on the stadium floor. But even if there hadn’t been a race on those first Saturdays in Beijing or London he probably wouldn’t have joined the parades. He was too locked into his swimming life to pay much attention to anything outside.

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Michael Phelps’s road to redemption: the champion who found a hinterland

For so long an intensely focused swimming machine, the most successful Olympian ever is opening up and relishing his last moments representing the US

On the afternoon before the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, Michael Phelps sat atop the dais in a grand room. The dais was on a stage, and the stage was high above a mass of journalists lined up in an endless row of chairs that made Phelps appear as if he was the secretary general of the Olympics. Which is what, with more medals than any Olympian ever, he has sort of become.

The occasion was the announcement of America’s top swimmer as his country’s flagbearer at the following night’s opening. It was an immense honor for a man who already had 18 gold medals and was about to add to that tally. Phelps had never shown much interest in carrying the flag in previous Olympics. In fact, until this year, he had never walked in an opening ceremony, given that his previous competition schedules demanded he swim the following mornings and he didn’t want to tax his legs by standing for hours on the stadium floor. But even if there hadn’t been a race on those first Saturdays in Beijing or London he probably wouldn’t have joined the parades. He was too locked into his swimming life to pay much attention to anything outside.

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Michael Phelps taught a lesson for once – by Joseph Schooling | Andy Bull

The 21-year-old stormed to victory in the 100m butterfly, denying Phelps his 23rd gold medal and becoming Singapore’s first Olympic champion

Michael Phelps’ story finished with a twist, as the best ones always do. He lost the last solo race of his career, the 100m butterfly final, to Joseph Schooling, a 21-year-old from Singapore. Phelps wasn’t too cut up about it. He has 22 gold medals, but this was Schooling’s, and Singapore’s, very first. Phelps felt could spare it. And more than that, he found a satisfaction in defeat that seemed almost to matter more to him than another gold medal.

“I’m not happy, obviously, nobody like to lose,” he said. “But I’m proud of Joe.” He was in a reflective mood. “I wanted to change the sport of swimming,” he said. “With the people we have in the sport now I think you are seeing it.” He explained he wanted to teach kids “to believe in themselves, to not be afraid to know that the sky is the limit.” And that’s exactly what he has done.

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USA gold rush in pool as Ledecky breaks world record but Phelps wins silver

Three more swimming golds for US on Friday eveningPhelps misses out on another gold in 100m butterflyMaya DiRado and Anthony Ervin also win for USARare is the Olympic pool not awash with successful American swimmers and the 2016 Games have stayed faith…

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Why Michael Phelps is still great at an age when most swimmers have faded

The American is the only person to have won an individual swimming gold past the age of 31. Persistence, money and freakish talent have helped

Age 31 isn’t over the hill in most endeavors. Baseball players routinely play into their 40s, Phillip Dutton just won an equestrian medal at age 52, and writers often peak in their 50s or 60s (we hope).

But what Michael Phelps has done in the pool is unusual. The list of individual medalists (excluding relays) in swimming who’ve past their 30th birthday is a short one – SportsReference.com counts 15 (add relays, and the list expands to 23). Of that group, only Dara Torres won multiple individual medals in one Olympics, taking three bronzes in 2000.

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Britain take silver in rugby sevens as Phelps wins again in Rio – video highlights

Fiji win their first ever Olympic medal taking gold in the men’s rugby sevens in Rio on Thursday. The Fijians thrash Great Britain 43-7 in the final at the Deodoro Stadium. Michael Phelps also wins gold in the 200m individual medley taking his Olympic medal total to 22

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Commentator hands gold medal to Phelps rival Ryan Lochte in race confusion

Elliotte Friedman, on Canada’s CBC channel, mistakes Ryan Lochte for gold medallist Michael Phelps in 200m individual medley, giving race to Lochte

An Olympics commentator in Canada has apologised to viewers after mistaking 22-time gold medallist Michael Phelps for his arch rival, Ryan Lochte, on live television.

Spectators watching the 200m individual medley event on Canada’s CBC channel on Thursday night were left confused after the commentator, Elliotte Friedman, called the whole race mistaking Lochte for Phelps.

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Commentator hands gold medal to Phelps rival Ryan Lochte in race confusion

Elliotte Friedman, on Canada’s CBC channel, mistakes Ryan Lochte for gold medallist Michael Phelps in 200m individual medley, giving race to Lochte

An Olympics commentator in Canada has apologised to viewers after mistaking 22-time gold medallist Michael Phelps for his arch rival, Ryan Lochte, on live television.

Spectators watching the 200m individual medley event on Canada’s CBC channel on Thursday night were left confused after the commentator, Elliotte Friedman, called the whole race mistaking Lochte for Phelps.

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Yulia Efimova drags Michael Phelps into doping criticism row

  • Russian swimmer’s rivals have questioned her place at the Games
  • ‘What would Lilly King say about Michael Phelps?’

Besieged Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, who has twice been caught for banned substances, defended herself against attacks by saying her situation is no different than that of American star Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.

Responding to comments from the US’s Lilly King and Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton, who do not believe she should be competing at these Games, Efimova sighed at a press conference on Thursday then said: “What would (King) say about Michael Phelps?”

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Yulia Efimova drags Michael Phelps into doping criticism row

  • Russian swimmer’s rivals have questioned her place at the Games
  • ‘What would Lilly King say about Michael Phelps?’

Besieged Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, who has twice been caught for banned substances, defended herself against attacks by saying her situation is no different than that of American star Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.

Responding to comments from the US’s Lilly King and Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton, who do not believe she should be competing at these Games, Efimova sighed at a press conference on Thursday then said: “What would (King) say about Michael Phelps?”

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Russian TV likens Michael Phelps cupping therapy to meldonium

  • Olympic swimming champion has used legal therapy at Rio 2016
  • Russian athletes have tested positive for meldonium in the past

The Olympic pool in Rio continues to be a nexus of petty insults, behindbacks and accusations. As the war between Australian swimmer Mack Horton and the entire nation of China continued on Monday, Russia took aim at its old enemy the United States.

Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic gold medal on Sunday, and attracted just as much attention for the purple marks all over his body. They come from cupping therapy, a suction-based massage popular with the US Olympic team. There was a huge Google spike after Phelps won gold from fans trying to figure out if he’s been attacked by leeches.

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