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Justin Lynch broke Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps’ record at 16

RECORD-BREAKER: Justin Lynch

RECORD-BREAKER: Justin Lynch

WHAT DO you do when you already have beaten the most decorated swimming Olympian of all time’s record at 16 years old?

For 19-year-old swimmer Justin Lynch, he just keeps practicing, chasing that record-breaking performance, with an eye on the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In 2013, Justin broke a record – set my Michel Phelps when he was also 16 – in the 100-meter butterfly.

Justin set the 15-16 U.S. national age-group record with a time of 52.75 seconds, beating Michael’s 2001 age-group mark of 52.98.

The teen won the consolation final in the event that the most decorated Olympian of all time dominated for so long.

With his record, he appreciates the potential cultural impact of his swimming, along with those of other top African-American swimmers, such as Cullen Jones, the four-time Olympic medalist and the first African-American to break a world record in swimming.

“I think it would be cool to break down those barriers. Cullen Jones already got that started, but if I could help bring other minorities into the sport, that would be great,” Justin said.

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