Day four of the 2012 London Olympics became Michael Phelps’ day after he set a world record and won his 19th Olympic medal. Phelps was assigned to anchor Team USA in the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle on Tuesday, and brought home another gold for the United States. The crowd at London’s Aquatic Centre rose to its feet as Phelps swam his final lap, well ahead of France’s Yannick Agnel. After the victory, Phelps broke a brief tie with Larisa Latynina, a Soviet gymnast who won 18 total medals from 1956 to 1964. Phelps, 27, now has 15 gold, two silver, and two bronze medals spanning four Olympics.
In gymnastics, the “Fab Five” of the United States women’s gymnastics team lived up to its billing, winning gold for Team USA. Gabby Douglas led the U.S. to a 183.596 score, while Russia finished second with 178.503, Jordyn Wieber also played a key role in the victory, placing third in the vault and fourth on the floor. “I’m so proud of these girls. We did awesome,” Douglas said. “A lot of hard work and sacrifice in the gym, and it all pays off.”