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Michael Phelps takes down 2168 year old Olympics record

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Michael Phelps owns the record for most medals (26) and most golds (22) in Olympics history, but now, after adding a record fourth consecutive title in a swimming event with his 200m IM victory, the U.S. legend finally bested a record that had stood for 2168 years. 

Phelps' 13th individual title, scored in Rio's pool Thursday night, eclipsed the 12 titles held by Leonidas of Rhodes, who won three foot races — the diaulosstadion and hoplitodromos — in four consecutive festivals between 164 B.C. and 152 B.C.

Phelps, 31, pulled it off four years faster than his ancient rival, but, to be fair, he never had to wear armor in the pool.

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