Phelps now has 25 medals in all, and three more races in Rio to add to
his almost unimaginable total.
The 200m fly was the one he really wanted, and it showed.
With challengers all around, Phelps simply wouldn’t be denied.
After touching the wall first - by a mere four-hundredths of a second -
he held up one finger.
Then he sat on a lane rope, egging on the roaring crowd at the Olympic
Aquatics Centre with both hands, before emphatically pumping his fist.
Tears welled in his eyes during the medal ceremony - until somebody in
the crowd cracked him up.
Then, during the customary stroll around the pool to pose for
photographers, Phelps broke ranks and bounded into the stands to plant a
kiss on Boomer, the son who symbolises just how much Phelps’ life has
changed since a second drunken-driving arrest two years ago.