LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Larisa Latynina’s record has been tied by Michael Phelps moment ago. Larisa Latynina record of eighteen Olympic medals was tied by Phelps when the U.S. swimmer earned a silver medal in the 200m Fly. Phelps could break Larisa’s record with a possible Medal #19 this week.
Following his prelim race in the 200M fly, Michael Phelps was asked by news if he will rebound from his 400 IM race and deliver a performance similar to his relay swim this week. Phelps had no comment, simply stating that “my swimming will speak for itself.”
During the prelim race for the 200M fly, NBC analyst Rowdy Gaines at the 100M mark said that Phelps look lackluster. But in the final 50M of the prelim race, Phelps went from fourth to first. Gaines quickly told news viewers “scratch everything I just said”.
Larisa Latynina (aka Larissa Latynina) today is 77 years old and the winner of 18 Olympic medals, nine of them gold. She also holds the record for the most individual medals in Olympic history, fourteen of them.
Larisa was so good in the 1950s that at the World Championships she won five of six events, pregnant. She kept news of her pregnancy a secret at the time. She told WPTV this week “No one knew. (The doctor) said: ‘Don’t tell it to anybody. Keep it a secret because you won’t be allowed to perform.’ “
Phelps within the hour earned his eighteenth medal to tie Larisa, earning a silver in the 200M. But with a relay still coming up, Phelps could break Larisa’s record before these games are over.