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Phelps wins Olympic gold medals No 20 and 21 in Rio

By Agencies

RIO DE JANEIRO — Michael Phelps sat alone, thoroughly exhausted. He put his head in his hands and then motioned at his neck as though he had nothing left to give.

No need.

His work was done.

He had his 20th and 21st gold medals.

Phelps made up for one of the rare losses in his brilliant career by winning the 200-meter butterfly, a triumph that sent him climbing into the stands to kiss his 3-month-old son Boomer. An hour later, he returned to take what amounted to nothing more than a triumphant victory lap in anchoring the 4x200 freestyle relay, the crowd's deafening roar growing louder with every stroke.

This was another performance for the ages, but Phelps has done it so many times that nothing else would have been fitting.

Phelps now has 25 medals in all, and three more races in Rio to add to his almost unimaginable total.

Phelps wins Olympic gold medals No 20 and 21 in Rio
Michael Phelps of USA poses with his medal with tears after winning the gold medal of Men's 200m Butterfly Final at the Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 9, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)
Phelps wins Olympic gold medals No 20 and 21 in Rio
USA's Michael Phelps kisses his gold medal on the podium of the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 7, 2016. (GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

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