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SA have more Olympic golds than Michael Phelps!

2016-08-15 13:20
Michael Phelps (Getty Images)

Cape Town - When Michael Phelps won the 4x100m individual medley in the pool in Rio for an incredible 23rd Olympic gold medal, he tied South Africa's all-time tally.

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But thanks to Wayde van Niekerk, South Africa have retaken the lead...

Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all time, retired following his five golds and one silver in Rio, giving him a final overall Olympics medal tally of 23 golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

Heading into the Rio Games, South Africa, in their previous 18 Olympic appearances dating back to 1904, had won 23 gold medals.

But cometh the hour, cometh the man, and Van Niekerk delivered a 24th gold for South Africa in sensational fashion on Sunday night in Brazil.

South Africa 24, Michael Phelps 23...

South Africa's Olympic gold medal winners:

1904

None

1908

Reggie Walker - 100m

1912

Ken McArthur - Marathon

Rudolph Lewis - Individual Time Trial (cycling)

Harold Kitson / Charles Winslow - doubles (tennis)

Charles Winslow - singles (tennis)

1916

None

1920

Bevil Rudd - 400m

Clarence Walker - bantamweight (boxing)

Louis Raymond - singles (tennis)

1924

William Smith - bantamweight (boxing)

1928

Sydney Atkinson - 110m hurdles

1932

Lawrence Stevens - lightweight (boxing)

David Carstens - light-heavyweight (boxing)

1948

Gerald Dreyer - lightweight (boxing)

George Hunter - light-heavyweight (boxing)

1952

Esther Brand - high jump

Joan Harrison - 100m backstroke

1996

Josia Thugwane - marathon

Penny Heyns - 100m breaststroke

Penny Heyns - 200m breaststroke

2004

Lyndon Ferns / Ryk Neethling / Roland Schoeman / Darian Townsend - 4x100m freestyle relay

2012

Sizwe Ndlovu / Matthew Brittain / John Smith / James Thompson - lightweight four (rowing)

Cameron van der Burgh - 100m breaststroke

Chad le Clos - 200m butterfly

2016

Wayde van Niekerk - 400m

Michael Phelps' 23 gold-medal winning events:

Athens 2004

100m butterfly

200m butterfly

200m individual medley

400m individual medley

4x200m freestyle relay

4x100m medley relay

Beijing 2008

200m freestyle

100m butterfly

200m butterfly

200m individual medley

400m individual medley

4x100m freestyle relay

4x200m freestyle relay

4x100m medley relay

London 2012

100m butterfly

200m individual medley

4x200m freestyle relay

4x100m individual medley

Rio 2016

200m butterfly

200m individual medley

4x100m freestyle relay

4x200m freestyle relay

4x100m medley relay

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