London 2012 Olympics: Day 14

By Thomas Hall and Jane Hwang - 2012-08-10T13:58:36Z

Photograph by Matt Slocum/AP Photo

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Day 4: Record-Breaking Olympian

Michael Phelps made the biggest splash at the London Olympics on a day dominated by headliners including teenage Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen, British royal Zara Phillips and the gold-medal U.S. women's gymnastics team.

Phelps broke the record for medals by an Olympic athlete with his 19th on the winning U.S. 800-meter freestyle relay squad. It was the first gold medal of these games for the 27-year-old American, and the record 15th of his career.

"I told them to give me the biggest lead they could," Phelps told reporters. "It's very special."

Sixty-five minutes earlier, Phelps tied the mark of 18 set by former Soviet Union gymnast Larissa Latynina by taking silver in the 200-meter butterfly. He was beaten in the final stroke by South African Chad le Clos.