Looks like 23 Olympic gold medals is enough for champion swimmer Michael Phelps.
In a live video published on his Facebook page in which he answered fan questions, Phelps officially confirmed that he will not be returning to compete in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.
“Everyone wants four more years. I’m done, I’m finished,” Phelps said. “We’re not going four more years, this is it. 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.”
This isn’t the first time the swimmer has said he’s throwing in the towel. After the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps also said he wouldn’t be returning for the next Games.
Phelps has won four gold medals and one silver in Rio, cementing his status as the most-decorated Olympian and beating out an ancient record set over 2000 years ago by Leonidas of Rhodes.
History was made when he became the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympic Games. The Baltimore Bullet won six gold medals in Athens in 2004, eight in Beijing in 2008 and another four in London in 2012.
Phelps’ last race was the 4×100-meter relay on Saturday night, and he again took home the gold.
Watch the video above.
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