1. OLYMPICS

    Phelps Wins 20th Medal

    US swimmer Rebecca Soni celebrates after breaking the world record  in the women's 200m breaststroke semi-finals swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012 in London.  AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Looks like Michael Phelps wants to make sure he holds on to that medal record a little longer. The swimmer took his 20th career medal when he won gold in the men's 200-meter individual medley on Thursday. He also became the first swimmer ever to win the same event at three successive Olympics. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni set a stunning new world record in the semifinals of the 200-meter breaststroke. During Thursday’s finals, she broke her own mark, setting a new record on her way to the gold medal. That’s not the only highlight from the pool—Tyler Clary won gold in the 200-meter backstroke, upsetting favorite Ryan Lochte, who took bronze. Ryosuke Irie of Japan won silver.

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