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Michael Phelps waved after receiving the silver medal in the men's 200m butterfly. He later won gold in a team the 4 x 200m team relay.
At age 15, Phelps qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games and competed in the 200-meter butterfly.
While he did not medal, Phelps did make the finals to compete in Sydney, coming in fifth.
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Ahead of the 2004 Games, Phelps set a world record in the 200-meter individual medley at the World Championships in Barcelona.
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Phelps, left, with his coach Bob Bowman in 2004.
Phelps broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley at the US Olympic Swimming Trials in 2004.
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Phelps won the gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2004 Games. Phelps won a total of six gold medals in Athens.
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At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games, Phelps won gold in the 100-meter butterfly.
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Phelps also won gold and broke a world record for the 400-meter individual medley in Beijing.
Phelps won eight gold medals at the Beijing games, breaking Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven gold medals won in a single Olympic Games.
Phelps hit the starting block as he watched his teammates during 4x100 meter freestyle relay at the London 2012 games.
The team ended up winning silver in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
Phelps failed to medal in the 400-meter individual medley in London in 2012, coming in fourth.
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Winning his 18th medal, Michael Phelps came in second in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics Monday.
Phelps, shown prior to today's races, has broken the all-time record for Olympic medals with 19.
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