a little ahead of schedule.
While the 31-year-old Olympian is set to compete in the men’s 200-meter butterfly heats on Monday night, it was announced on Sunday night that he would compete in that night’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay just hours before the race.
Phelps competed with his fellow Team USA swimmers Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held and Caeleb Dressel. The team held a slight advantage over the other teams.
Phelps family, including his son Boomer, could bee seen cheering him on from the stands.
Happy @MichaelPhelps family Boomer @MissNicoleJ @MamaPhelpsH20 #Rio2016 #TeamUSA #USA #Olympics #swimming #Baltimore pic.twitter.com/tu4pbfwlOV
— Shannon Encina (@ShannonEncina) August 8, 2016
Michael Phelps baby in a handy carrying case with his dad’s logo on it pic.twitter.com/UVh7HKFmAW
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 8, 2016
Ahead of his Rio debut, Phelps already held the all-time record for the most Olympic gold medals (18), Olympic gold medals for individual events (11) and Olympic medals in individual events for a male athlete (13). The
had previously said that the 2012 London Olympics would be his last, but he came out of retirement in 2014 and went on the easily secure a spot on Team USA once again.
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This year’s Olympics was already home of a few firsts for Phelps – he served as the
for his first-ever march with Team USA during the Opening Ceremonies and it also marks the first Olympics since he became a dad to
Phelps has a full schedule ahead of him. On Monday he will compete in the 200-meter butterfly, on Wednesday he will race in the 200-meter individual medley and on Thursday he will face off in the 100-meter butterfly.
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin Friday on NBC.