Phelps Ends Olympic Career With 18th Gold

Posted August 4th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer in Olympic history, ended his career Saturday with another gold medal, while British athletes surged to win three gold medals in track and field in about an hour's time.

Phelps swam his signature butterfly stroke to help the U.S. team to victory in the 4×100-meters medley relay, ending his decade-long Olympic dominance with 18 gold medals and 22 medallions overall.

A short while later, British runner Mo Farah won the 10,000-meters competition, holding off American training partner Galen Rupp and Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele, who finished third.

Earlier, a packed track and field stadium roared as Briton Jessica Ennis clinched the heptathlon competition with a win in the 800 meters. Britain's medal tally places it third in the overall standings, behind the United States and China.

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius also strode into Olympic history Saturday, becoming the first amputee runner to compete in the Games.

Pistorius, who wears special prosthetics on both legs, finished second in a preliminary heat of the men's 400 meters. He qualified for the semi-finals.

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce retained her Olympic title by winning the gold medal in the women's 100-meter race. She clocked 10.75 seconds to beat American Carmelita Jeter, who crossed the finish line at 10.78 seconds. Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown took the bronze in 10.81.

Meanwhile, Chinese swimmer Sun Yang slashed more than three seconds off his own world record to win the men's 1500-meter freestyle, to go with his 400-meter gold medal.

Elsewhere, it was a big day in tennis for the United States.

Serena Williams clinched her first Olympic singles gold medal, dominating Russian Maria Sharapova in the women's final, 6-0, 6-1. Williams is only the second woman to win an Olympic singles title and all four tennis majors.

In men's doubles, twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the gold medal by beating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra.