Michael Phelps adamant that he will stay retired

This will be a defining image of the Rio Olympics: Michael Phelps and two more of the world's greatest swimmers holding hands on one step of the podium. Done. Done. This time I mean it.

The USA's first medal dates back to 1896, when James Connolly won triple jump gold.

After collecting 23 Olympic gold medals, and 28 total medals, Phelps said he's accomplished all the goals he set out to fulfill when he burst onto the worldwide stage. "This is the cherry that I wanted to put on the top of the cake", Phelps told a press conference on Sunday.

"The biggest thing between now and London was that I was more emotional during these games and that showed on camera". "I don't know why".

"Last warm-up, last time putting on a suit, last time walking out in front of people, representing my country - it's insane, a lot better than it was four years ago. And everything just really hit hard".

Phelps was sixth at the turn and Schooling - nearly exactly a decade younger than the 31-year-old American - wouldn't let him pull off one of his patented comebacks on the return lap. I am very happy I came back. The new dad wants to challenge himself in other ways and wants to focus on his 3-month-old baby boy, Boomer, and fiancée, Nicole Johnson.

Turning back the clock in his fifth and final Games, Phelps produced a blistering third leg of butterfly to restore the United States of America team's lead and tee up victory after Britain's Adam Peaty had threatened to spoil his finale. "Younger guys we have coming up in the sport are going to take over". "It's the start of something new".

"I told I told a bunch of them, I won't be far away, if they ever need anything to reach out".

"This is what I wanted to finish my career", he said.

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