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Michael Phelps says he will retire after Rio Olympics

Posted at 6:21 PM, Aug 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 18:21:24-04

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a Facebook live stream before his last Olympic contest Saturday, swimmer Michael Phelps announced that he would retire after the Rio Olympics.

In response to live comments by viewers, Phelps said, “Go for 30 medals in Tokyo? I don’t think so boys and girls. This is over. This is it.”

“Tonight’s the last one and it’s wild to think about.”

He reflected on his 24 years in the sport before his very last competition Saturday night, the relay.

“24 years in the sport, and we’re finishing up tonight,” Phelps said. “One last fire off.”

Phelps said he plans to travel and spend time with family and friends.

He said he’s looking forward to watching his 2016 teammates compete in the future.

“Looking forward to seeing what these guys are going to do in the next four years, time to come,” Phelps said.

Phelps won his 22nd gold medal this past week, his fourth during the 2016 contests, when he won the 200-meter individual medley.