Michael Phelps to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award by BBC

The 31-year-old completed his fifth Olympic Games this year

BY Sinéad Farrell 13:44 Sunday 18 December 2016, 13:44 18 Dec 2016

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Swimmer Michael Phelps will be given a lifetime achievement award by the BBC this weekend.

Phelps has 23 Olympic gold medals and 28 medals in total across five Games.

The 31-year-old had announced his retirement from swimming after the London 2012 Games, spending some time in a rehab centre after being charged with DUI offences.

But he made a comeback at Rio earlier this year to claim five gold medals and a silver and conclude his career on a positive note. After the games, he announced his retirement for a second time, saying 'I am done, boys.'

That record makes Phelps the most decorated Olympian of all time, with gymnast Larisa Latynina currently sitting in second with 18 medals from Games between 1956 and 1964.

Speaking about receiving the honour, Phelps said:

"I'm thrilled to receive the prestigious Sports Personality lifetime achievement award and follow in the footsteps of so many sporting greats. It is a fitting way to end what has been an unbelievable year for me and I'm looking forward to what will be a great night."


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