Phelps wins 15th gold, 19th medal

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

LONDON (AP) - A day that brought U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps one of his most frustrating defeats has also given him one of his biggest triumphs.

An hour after he let victory slip away in the 200-meter butterfly by coasting to the finish, he was part of the team that won the gold medal in the 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay at the summer Olympics in London.

It was his 15th Olympic gold medal -- and his 19th Olympic medal overall, which is a record.

Earlier, the American women's gymnastics team won their first Olympic gold since 1996. They took the lead from the start of the event with a series of spectacular vaults, and never looked back, leaving Russia a whopping five points behind at the end.

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