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Michael Phelps caps a glittering Olympic career with one final swimming gold

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling poses with U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps during a training camp in Singapore

In the same way the statue of Christ the Redeemer dominates the Rio skyline so Michael Phelps now transcends his sport. It did not require one final gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay – his 23rd gold and 28th Olympic medal – to reinforce his status as the most decorated Olympian of all time but he delivered it anyway. The outstretched arms of Phelps will encourage swimmers to aim higher for as long as there is water on the surface of the earth.

Rio 2016: USA's Katie Ledecky fights off exhaustion and vomit for second gold

Swimming - Women's 200m Freestyle Victory Ceremony

She thrashed her legs during those last few strokes of Tuesday night’s 200m freestyle final and Katie Ledecky’s body ached like it never had before in these Olympics. Her rival Sarah Sjöström was somewhere, either ahead or behind. She had no idea. So she kept pushing her arms her feet, her stomach until near the end she burped. And as she did she thought she would vomit in the water for all the world to see on live television.

Lilly King wins grudge-match gold and takes aim at US team-mate Justin Gatlin

Swimming - Women's 100m Breaststroke Victory Ceremony

Within the scope of an endless – and seemingly unwinnable – war for the integrity of swimming, Monday’s women’s 100m breaststroke final was but a minor skirmish. Yet Lilly King made sure it would be a night long remembered for the Americans as she won gold and then called into question her team-mate Justin Gatlin’s place at the Olympics.

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