He has still got three individual events, and will surely swim two more relays.
Given the form he showed in his Rio debut, five more golds are certainly within reach. "That's the fastest 100 free I've ever gone in my career, so I hope that's a good sign," Phelps said. But I'm very pleased with the start." For Phelps, it was the fastest relay time he's ever produced at the Olympics. Phelps retired four years ago, insisting he was done with swimming, only to return for what he calls his real farewell, the one that will send him out the way he really wants to go.
Faster even than 2008, when his Great Haul of China — a record eight gold medals that broke Mark Spitz's longstanding record — included a time of 47.51 in the 4x100 free relay. France took the silver in .53, while Australia claimed the bronze in .37, holding off a Russian team that was booed during the introductions — a reminder of the drug scandal that has rocked the nation. "It felt good to get my last 400 free relay of my career with this thing around my neck," he said.
“Welcome Boomer Robert Phelps into the world,” he wrote, sharing a family photo.
Between the birth of his son, helpful therapy sessions and the prospect of competing at the Rio Olympics, 2016 is already full of excitement and personal growth.
#boomerphelps 📷 @boonestudios A post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Thank you Auntie @arschmitty for the amazingly cuddly star blanky you gifted #boomerphelps. A post shared by Nicole Michele Phelps (@mrs.nicolephelps) on As my very first Mothers Day winds down I could not be more thankful for my lil family (just missing Ms Juno & Legend from photo).
A post shared by Nicole Michele Phelps (@mrs.nicolephelps) on Happy Mothers & your first Grandmother's Day to my amazing mama @annettejohnsoncoss 💖 I love you so much mama and I can't wait to teach my lil one all the love you taught me!!
Shortly after becoming engaged the two found out Nicole was pregnant, and the recent birth of their son was another turning point for Phelps.