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Michael Phelps is absolutely dominating these 2016 games. We discuss that and more.

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Good morning BBN, these are your Friday Wildcat quickies. As if Michael Phelps' Olympic career couldn't be any more illustrious, he has now raised his gold medal count to 22. Phelps grabbed number 22 by winning the 200m individual medley event on Thursday night before going on to qualify for the finals in the 100m butterfly, meaning he has a chance to grab another gold. After coming back from retirement, Phelps has proven that he isn't too old to be the greatest swimmer on Earth. At 31 years old, Phelps delivered perhaps his greatest single-race performance ever, managing to beat the entire field by a full body length, and leaving no doubt as to who the best swimmer in RIo is today. Much was made about the battle between Phelps and his teammate Ryan Lochte in this race, but Phelps made it a no contest.

Phelps has now won gold in the 200m butterfly, the 200m medley, the 4x100m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle. Considering that Phelps has won more than four gold medals in all but two of the Olympic games he has competed in (one of those two being when he was 15 years old), it's likely that he's not done yet. He has been the most dominant force in the sport since he arrived on the world stage. Even at 15 he was in the Olympics, and ever since he's found himself front and center on the gold medal podium time and time again. There is no one that has made a better argument for greatest Olympian, and if Phelps can continue this in his final events for what is likely his last Summer games, he'll go down as the greatest to many fans of the Olympics.

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