Olympic swimming ends on historic high note in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO – It was a golden night for Team USA in Rio, and the end of an era for a swimming legend.

Sugar Land's Simone Manuel won another gold medal, anchoring the 4x100 medley relay, and she scored a silver medal in the 50m freestyle.


The gold medal was the 1,000th gold for Team USA in modern summer Olympic history.

After picking up two more medals on the final night of competition, Manuel said, "Going into the 50, I was pretty confident that hopefully I could get a medal if I executed the race to get a silver. I'm super ecstatic with that, and just being on the relay with these amazing women and fighting for Team USA and getting a gold medal, that's the icing on top of the cake."

Her teammate Michael Phelps is a big part of the medal count, of course.

One last gold medal, one last record and a legacy unlikely to be matched any time soon.

VIDEO: Michael Phelps presented final gold medal in Rio

Phelps set an Olympic record with help from his teammates in the 4x100 medley relay.

He ends his career with 23 gold medals, more than any Olympic athlete in history.

"It's not the end of a career, it's the beginning of a new journey," Phelps said.