In an unforgettable display of Olympic power Michael Phelps won two more finals to take his historic all-time record load to 21 golds and entrench his legendary status.
His majesterial display came on a day that Hungary’s ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu took her third gold of the week while American gymnast Simone Biles made a flying start to her bid for a record five Rio Olympic golds. But Serena Williams crashed out of what could be her final Games.
Phelps beat Japan’s Masato Sakai by just four hundredths of a second to take the 200 metres butterfly and just over an hour later anchored the US 4x200m freestyle relay team to victory.
At 31 — the oldest individual Olympic swimming gold medallist ever — Phelps is still the master of the pool.
After claiming his 20th title in five Olympics — beating old rival Chad le Clos in the process — Phelps stood in the pool striking a pose like a Roman emperor as he soaked up the acclaim.
After an emotional medals ceremony, he climbed across the massed ranks of photographers to kiss fiance Nicole Johnson and their child Boomer.
It was another dramatic night in the pool with Hosszu completing the individual medley double by winning the 200m final in an Olympic best 2:06.58.