Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all-time, wins his 23rd gold medal for Team USA

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Photo from Daily Mail
Photo from Daily Mail

Michael Phelps ended his career in style.

The greatest Olympian of all time won his 23rd gold medal on Saturday night in Rio 4×100 medley relay with teammates Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian.

But he confirmed on Facebook Live before the event that it would be his last competitive race.

“Go for 30 medals in Tokyo? I don’t think so boys and girls,” he said. “This is over. This is it. Tonight’s the last one. It’s a lot to think about. 24 years in the sport and we’re finishing up tonight.”

It was a reaffirmation of what he told the press after he won a silver medal in the 100 butterfly.

“I’m not going four more years and I’m standing by that,” Phelps said. “I’ve been able to do everything I’ve ever put my mind to in the sport and after 24 years in the sport, I’m happy with how things finished.

“I’m happy. I’m ready to spend some time with Boomer and Nicole and watch the little dude grow,” he said.

“They did the same thing in London. The 800 free relay guys said four more years … No. I am NOT going four more years. And I’m standing by that.

“I’ve been able to do everything I’ve ever put my mind to in this sport. And 24 years in the sport. I’m happy with how things finished.”

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