As Michael Phelps Tops World Aquatics Champs Chart, the Olympian Expresses Gratitude to Special Person

Published 02/09/2024, 12:21 AM EST

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American swimmer Michael Phelps, hailed as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, continues to be synonymous with excellence in sports. Phelps has left an indelible mark on swimming and the Olympic Games with an unparalleled career boasting 28 Olympic medals, including an astonishing 23 golds.

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Despite initial setbacks at the 2012 London Olympics, including a surprising failure to medal in his first event, Phelps demonstrated his resilience by securing silver and gold medals in subsequent races. His victory in the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay marked his 19th career Olympic medal, surpassing the previous record held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina. However, as the recent chart disclosed his top position as the World Aquatics champion, his gratitude towards his coach on social media has amazed fans.

Michael Phelps achieved many victories under his coach’s guidance

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As the anticipation builds for the swimming segment of the 2024 World Aquatics Championships, which is set to commence in Doha next Sunday, Swimming Stats recently shared a compelling post on their Instagram account. Highlighting the most decorated swimmers in a single edition, the post ignites excitement and speculation among swimming enthusiasts worldwide. That list shows Michael Phelps in the top position. More than six swimmers like Caeleb Dressel, Tracy Caulkins are securing different positions and medals besides him. Reposting it again on his Instagram story, legendary swimmer Michael Phelps recently expressed his heartfelt gratitude to his coach, Bob Bowman, for his unwavering support throughout his career. He captioned it, “Some fun memories… Thanks @coachbowman!!”

The iconic athlete-coach partnership, which commenced when Phelps was just 11 years old, has been instrumental in shaping him into one of the most celebrated Olympians in history. Bowman even pushed Michael Phelps to break the world record at 15. Phelps, often referred to as the ‘Baltimore Bullet’ and the ‘Flying Fish,’ reflected on Bowman’s pivotal role in his journey to greatness. However, despite such marvelous victories, Phelps was previously defeated by Katie Ledecky, which has created a huge buzz in the sports world.

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Katie Ledecky surpasses Michael Phelps’ record

In a historic display of swimming prowess, Olympic champion Katie Ledecky shattered records at the World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. The 26-year-old prodigy had drawn level with Phelps earlier in the week by triumphing in the 1,500-meter freestyle, marking her fifth triumph in that specific race.

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Ledecky credited her competitors for propelling her to new heights in a post-race interview. “It’s always a battle; it’s always a great race. So I know I have to bring my best every single time.” Ledecky outpaced her competitors by a commanding margin, leaving silver medalist Li Bingjie of China trailing by almost 4.5 seconds. However, now everyone’s eyes are on the upcoming result of the match that will take place in Doha.

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Anchal Ahuja

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I am Anchal Ahuja, an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports. My love for sports grew when I first watched Olympics when I was 7-years-old. Growing up as I started to delve deeper into the sporting realm, I decided to move on with my new passion with all new hopes to get success.
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