Michael Phelps of the U.S. celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men's 100m butterfly final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 3, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
After earning gold in his last Olympic individual race, Michael Phelps will try to do the same in his final Olympic and career race as he teams up with three of his fellow swimmers to compete in the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay on Saturday, August 4.
Men's 4x100m Medley Relay Schedule:
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London Time - 8:27 p.m.
U.S. EDT - 5:27 p.m.
U.S. CDT - 4:27 p.m.
U.S. PDT - 2:27 p.m.
To be announced soon
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Phelps and his teammates will be swimming out of lane four after USA clocked the fastest time in the preliminary heats. They represent the favorite country to win the race but face some tough competition from both Australia and Great Britain that qualified with good times as well.
If USA finishes first, it'll be USA's eighth consecutive gold medal in an event it has dominated since the 1984 Olympic Games that took place Los Angeles. For Phelps, it would be a three-peat of victories as he participated in USA's win in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and now London 2012.
Phelps on Friday earned his 17th Olympic gold medal in the 100m butterfly event beating out South African Rival Chad Le Clos (silver) and Evgeny Korotyshkin (bronze) from Russia.
The 17th gold medal gave Phelps his overall 21st Olympic medal, the most in Olympic history and Phelps will have the opportunity to extend the medal success with Saturday's event, the men's 4x100 medley relay.
Phelps has said the end of 2012 London Olympics will mark his retirement at just 27-years-old.
Speaking to Yahoo, Phelps' mother Debbie said upon retirement, her son will be playing golf throughout the world.
"To me it's boring, but to him it's very relaxing," said Debbie Phelps.
Debbie said as a mother, she would like to see her son finish his degree at college.