Michael Phelps Was The Most Amazing Olympic Athlete On Thursday

The American continues to break records after winning gold in the 200-meter medley

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Aug 12, 2016 at 9:40 AM ET

On the same day that Simone Biles made a convincing case for being the best gymnast in the history of the sport, Michael Phelps may have cemented his legacy as the greatest Olympic athlete in the history of any sport.

Phelps captured his 22nd gold medal by roasting his competition in the 200-meter individual medley, besting silver medalist Kosuke Hagino of Japan by almost two seconds.

It was his 15th individual Olympic medal, putting him ahead of the previous record holder, Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina. It was also his 13th individual Olympic gold medal, which beats a record set by someone called Leonidas of Rhodes, who won his last Olympic medal 152 years before the birth of Jesus Christ.

Amazing seems like a term that short-changes Phelps’ achievements, but Vocativ analyzed millions of tweets surrounding the Olympics and found that Phelps was the most amazing performer from Thursday’s events, according to Twitter users. Between 3 p.m. Thursday and midnight, his name was mentioned 875,945 times.