After the race, Phelps raised his arms aloft to acknowledge the cheers from the crowd, while fiancee Nicole wiped tears from her eyes as she cradled their baby, Boomer, in the crowd.
The American finished in three minutes, 27.95 seconds, an Olympic record, to win by 1.29 seconds.
I’m ready for something different,' he said after the race. 'My swimming career might be over but I have a future ahead of me to turn the page and start whatever I want.' Its not the end of a career, it’s the beginning of a new journey, and just looking forward to that.’