Michael Phelps added yet another gold medal to his astonishing Olympic haul as he claimed a thrilling 200metres individual medley victory.

The American won the 16th Olympic gold medal of his amazing career and 20th in total to send the atmospheric Aquatics Centre wild.

Phelps led from start to finish and held off fast-finishing compatriot Ryan  Lochte on the final freestyle leg to win in one minute 54.27 seconds, just 0.04sec outside his own Olympic record.

It means Phelps is the first man to win the event at three consecutive Games and came just 48 hours after he won his 18th and 19th Olympic medals to overtake Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina, who held the previous record with 18.

Lochte, who had been forced to settle for bronze in the 200m backstroke final 30 minutes earlier, took silver in 1:54.90, with Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh third. Britain’s James Goddard was seventh.

Team GB’s Fran Halsall was fastest off the blocks in the women’s 100m freestyle final but eventually finished sixth, leaving Britain with just two medals so far in the pool.

There were mixed fortunes for British duo Lizzie Simmonds and Stephanie Proud in the semi-finals of the 200m backstroke, with Simmonds making  tonight’s final but Proud missing out by just 0.28sec.

Ref  : http://www.metro.co.uk