Michael Phelps from the United States of America kisses his medal during the awarding ceremony of the swimming final of men's 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 7, 2016. The United States won the gold medal with 3 minutes 9.92 seconds.（Xinhua/Fei Maohua）
BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Following are the world top 10 athletes in 2016 selected by Xinhua News Agency:
1 Michael Phelps (USA)
31, swimmer. At the Rio 2016, his fifth Olympics, Phelps won five golds and one silver, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals, including 23 golds in five consecutive Olympic editions. He was named the FINA Athlete of the Year and received "Aquatic Legend, the Greatest of All Time" award in 2016.