RIO DE JANERIO — American swimmer Michael Phelps announced he would retire after the Rio Olympics, for good this time.
The swimmer confirmed the news in a Facebook Live stream before his last Olympic event on Saturday night.
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.”
Despite his roommates and fans watching live, chanting “four more years,” he says he’s done.
“We’re not going four more years, this is it,” Phelps said. “Tonight’s the last time that I’ll be suiting up and racing at this level. I’m not swimming Masters either — no offense to Masters.
“Twenty-four years in the sport, and we’re finishing up tonight. One last fire off.”
Phelps said he plans to travel, and spend time with family and friends. That includes his newborn child and fiancee, who he’s getting married to at the end of the year.
And he looks forward to watching his teammates compete in the future.
Phelps has nabbed five gold medals in Rio. He has 28 overall medals, the most of any Olympian ever.