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Michael Phelps makes more history at Rio Games with 22nd Gold Medal

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Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley for the fourth successive Games.

Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley for the fourth successive Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Diya TV) — Michael Phelps has made a career of rewriting history, these days, he’s become more content in eclipsing it — the 31-year-old won the 200-meter individual medley for the fourth successive Games Thursday.

In order to find an Olympic swimmer to challenge the records set by the “Baltimore Bullet,” you’d have to go back more than 2,000 years. The U.S. star claimed his 22nd Olympic gold medal Thursday after powering past the opposition in the final of the 200-meter individual medley.

That victory, the 13th individual triumph of his Olympics career, powered him past the greatest athlete of ancient Greece and indeed of the Games — Leonidas of Rhodes. It equaled his fourth gold medal since the Rio games began, he moved ahead of Leonidas after edging out Japan’s Kosuke Hagino and China’s Wang Shun.

Leonidas, a runner who competed between 164 and 152 BC, won 12 individual events over four Olympics. Thursday was Phelps’ 13th. At 36, Leonidas was five years older than the American swimmer. Additionally, Phelps joined the track and field Olympians Al Oerter and Carl Lewis as the only Americans to win an individual event four times.

The most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps made a mockery of those who suggested he might struggle against teammate Ryan Lochte and the aforementioned Hagino.

He was timed in 1 minute 54.66 and won by over a bodylength. The time was his second-best ever behind a 1:54.23 from Beijing. He held up four fingers afterward to indicate his four consecutive victories in the event, or the four golds he’s won at this Olympics.

“Right now I don’t know how to wrap my head around that,” he said in reaction to the win. “I don’t know what to say. It’s been a hell of a career.”

Immediately after he jumped out of the pool to retrieve his medal, Phelps went immediately back to work to qualify for Friday’s 100-meter butterfly final.

Set to retire at the end of these Games, Phelps has the potential to add five more medals to his trophy cabinet by the end of competition.

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Harris named as Biden’s VP pick, first Indian American

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — It’s not a complete surprise, but it’s historic nonetheless – former Vice President Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris to his Presidential ticket. Next week, they will take the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention as the challengers to President Trump and Vice President Pence in November. Harris, who is Black and Indian American, will be the first Asian American to be on a presidential ticket. We will have a full rundown of her career and why she overcame challengers like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Val Demings for the post. And we’ll go in depth on the effect her candidacy will have on the Indian American voter, a group that has long voted Democratic, but is actively being courted by Republicans, led by President Trump.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally, the numerical milestones continue to stun. There are now 20 million cases reported around the world. The total afflicted in the United States is now over 5 million, with more than 164,000 deaths.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Joe Biden picks Indian American Senator Kamala Harris for VP

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Sen. Harris at the 2016 Democratic Convention
WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today his running make will be Indian American Senator from California, Sen. Kamala Harris. This etches a moment within the halls of the United States’ history, as Harris now becomes the first Indian American & first woman of color to be a Vice Presidential candidate for a major party. 
Sen. Harris talks to Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur about AAPI engagement in the upcoming elections

A daughter of Jamaican & Indian immigrants, Sen. Harris has been a stalwart within the democratic party. It wasn’t too long ago she annouced her very own presidential bid in her hometown of Oakland, California. However she dropped out of the race early on, and many speculated then she would be the VP candidate for a Biden Harris ticket. 

With major news organizations identifying her as ‘Black’, ‘African American’, many wonder if Sen. Harris identifies as Indian American. Each time she spoke with Diya TV she referred to her Indian roots proudly and fondly reminisced her childhoold growing up with a Jamaican father & a South Indian mother. 

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Mehulkumar Patel & Chitali Dave arrested for thieving $400,000 in phone scam

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ATLANTA (Diya TV) — Federal authorities arrested an Indian-American couple on money laundering charges for allegedly orchestrating phone scams that cost 24 victims in excess of $400,000. Mehulkumar Patel and Chitali Dave are both are 36 years old. The Department of Justice says they used callers from India to trick victims they were at risk for arrest, their Social Security number was compromised and their assets would be repossessed if cash wasn’t mailed to them and other members of their fraud network.

President Trump was interrupted by the Secret Service in the middle of a White House press briefing after shots were fired outside the building. Trump returned a few minutes later to confirm the shooting. The Secret Service said the incident began when a 51-year-old man approached an officer near the White House.

Prominent law firm Susman Godfrey elected Kalpana Srinivasan its new managing partner. Srinivasan, replacing firm founder and managing partner Stephen Susman who passed away in July. Srinivasan is a member of the South Asian Bar Association.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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