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Phelps: "I couldn't have asked for anything else"

posted 5 Aug 2012, 11:25 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 5 Aug 2012, 11:26 ]

The world's most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps tells Reuters he could not have "asked for maything else" as he wraps up Olympic career. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

UK-OLY PHELPS - The world's most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps tells Reuters he could not asked for a better way to end his swimming career than with victory at the London Games.


"I couldn't have asked for anything else. This is exactly how I wanted to do everything. I prepared myself how I wanted to and I got the results I deserve. It was definitely cool last night to end with a gold medal, a part of the 400 medley relay that we have never lost in Olympic history. That was a title that we wanted to keep and I was lucky to share the pool with the competitors that I did last night."

Phelps has won twice as many Olympic titles as any other athlete in the modern Games.


"I think the best thing was being able to show the world that whatever you want to do you can. You know I put my mind and I put a lot of hard work into trying to become the first Michael Phelps and try to something that no one else had ever done. And I wasn't letting anything stand in my way to achieve that. And through a 20-year career I can look back and say I did everything I ever wanted."

Phelps collected 22 medals after starting Olympic life as a 15-year-old at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters