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Phelps earns 23rd gold medal as USA dominates 4x100m medley relay

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It was a gold medal affair for Team USA in the men's 4x100m medley relay final Saturday, as the American team dominated the field en route to a new Olympic record and the 23rd gold medal for Michael Phelps in what will be his last Olympic games.

The world watched as Phelps swam in his final Olympic race, swimming with Team USA in the butterfly leg of the men’s 4x100m medley relay. The swimmer and holder of 22 gold medals revealed during a Facebook Live Saturday that Rio would indeed be his last Olympics.

"We're not going four more years, this is it," Phelps said. "Tonight's the last time that I'll be suiting up and racing at this level. I'm not swimming Masters either — no offense to Masters."

During his Facebook Live, the legendary swimmer touched on several topics, including fans wanting to see Phelps and female swimmer Katie Ledecky duel in the pool.

"I think I could take her in a 400," Phelps remarked. "800 or above, she would whoop me and tear me to shreds."

Stepping away from the Olympic spotlight, Phelps said he plans to spending time with his newborn child and fiancée, who he’s marrying at the end of the year.

Team USA was comprised of Phelps, Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian.

The results of the Men’s 4x100m medley relay are as follows:

  1. United States - 3:27.95 (GOLD) [Olympic Record]
  2. Great Britain - 3:29.24 (SILVER)
  3. Australia - 3:29.93 (BRONZE)
  4. Russia - 3:31.30
  5. Japan - 3:31.97
  6. Brazil - 3:32.84
  7. Germany - 3:33.50
  8. China - Disqualified

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