MICHAEL PHELPS was almost rendered speechless today after becoming the most successful Olympic athlete of all time by claiming the 10th and 11th gold medals of his career.
Phelps collected his fourth gold in Beijing in the 200 metres butterfly and made it five out of five just under an hour later in the 4x200m freestyle relay – both in world record times.
Added to his six golds from Athens four years ago, the two victories saw Phelps surpass the nine golds won by Paavo Nurmi, Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz and Larysa Latynina to cement his place in Olympic history.
“I’m almost at a loss for words,” said Phelps, who remains on course to surpass Spitz’s achievement of seven golds in one Games. “To be the most decorated Olympian of all time, it just sounds weird. I am speechless.”