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Most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps wins 19th gold

US swimmer Michael Phelps has extended his record as the most decorated Olympian in history with a gold medal in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay.

Michael Phelps, who came out of retirement in 2014, swam the second leg as he claimed his 19th gold and 23rd medal in his fifth Olympics. Credit: Reuters
Phelps, second from the right, has won more than double the golds as the second most decorated Olympian, former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina. Credit: Reuters

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Olympics star Michael Phelps avoids jail for drink driving

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence for drink driving.

Phelps was caught driving at 84mph (135kph) in a 45mph zone (72kph) and crossing lanes illegally while nearly twice the legal limit in September. It was his second arrest for drunken driving.

Michael Phelps told reporters he would 'continue to grow from this' after admitting to the judge he had made a 'bad mistake'.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist also received 18 months of supervised probation after admitting the offence.

Phelps said he underwent a 45-day rehab programme after his arrest and has pledged to continue to receive care while also attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

Swimming legend Michael Phelps charged with driving offences

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has said he is "deeply sorry" after he was charged for driving under the influence and two other offences.

The US swimmer was clocked driving a white 2014 Land Rover at almost twice the speed limit and crossing lanes illegally in a tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland.

He later took to Twitter to apologise for his actions:

Phelps is the most successful Olympic athlete of all time, amassing a total of 22 medals as well as several world records.

Michael Phelps coming out of retirement

Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Credit: Marcelo Regua/DPA

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, is coming out of retirement amid speculation he will aim to compete at the 2016 Rio Games.

USA Swimming said the 29-year-old will compete for the first time since London 2012 later this month at a meet in Mesa, Arizona.

Phelps, who has 22 Olympic medals including 18 gold, returned to training last autumn and has completed the six-month waiting period to be eligible for competition by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

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