What a birthday gift! On the day before his 31st birthday, Michael Phelps won the 200m butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Wednesday, June 29, in Omaha, Nebraska. The win earned Phelps a spot in the Rio Olympics and broke yet another record as the athlete became the first man to make five Olympic swimming teams.
Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 medals, 18 of which are Gold. Now he gets to pursue even more. One can only wonder if it could have been the U.S. Swim Team's use of therapy dogs that helped him.
Watch video of his win below or at NBCOlympics.com.
Phelps is also the oldest male Olympic trials champion in U.S. swimming history, according to NBC, besting the record previously held by Gary Hall, who was 29.
Tom Shields took second place in the event and will be heading to his first Olympics.
- Phelps: 1:54:84
- Shields: 1:54:81
NBC celebrated the milestone by distributing a "Michael Phelps Through the Years" video over social media.
Phelps, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, competed in his first Olympics at age 15. He announced his retirement in 2012, but returned as a professional competitor in 2014 at 28.
The swimmer's mother, Debbie Phelps, his fiancée Nicole Johnson and their infant son Boomer were on hand to witness his victory.