Rio Olympics 2016: Michael Phelps clinches 20th gold medal by winning 200m butterfly category

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 10: The most decorated Olympian in the history, Michael Phelps, enters the record books yet again as he scalped the 20th Olympic gold medal of his career and 24 overall.

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The American swimmer won the men's 200m butterfly category clocking 1:53:36. His timing though was way behind the World Record mark of 1:51.51 that he had set way back in 2009.

File photo: USA's Michael Phelps in action

Japan's Masato Sakai finished second in the race behind Phelps by four hundreth of a second. Sakai was followed by Hungary's Tamas Kenderesi with a timing of 1:53.62.

In London 2012, Phelps had to settle for silver medal in the same category as he lost to South African swimmer, Chad le Clos. Thus, understandably, he was under pressure to win back what was rightfully his.

Everyone had expected a fierce duel between le Clos and Phelps this time but evetually Japanese Masato Sakai imposed the biggest threat to the ultimate winner.

United States of America are currently at the top of the medal's tally with 24 medals in total at the end of day 5. They have won 8 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze medal.

China is just below the Americans with 17 medals. 8 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals.

Michael Phelps still has 3 categories to compete at the Rio Olympics. There is a possibility that he might finish with a total count of 23 gold and 27 medals overall.

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