Michael Phelps wins gold in 200 fly, adds to record medal tally

Yolanda Curtis
August 11, 2016

It was the American's 21st Olympic gold medal.

Phelps now has 25 medals in all, and three more races in Rio to add to his nearly unimaginable total. The most decorated Olympian of all time glared over, under and pretty much right through the South African.

Milking the acclaim of the crowd, Phelps climbed, Wimbledon tennis-style, past a bank of poolside photographers to kiss little Boomer and fiancée Nicole Johnson after an emotional medals ceremony.

Hosszu, the "Iron Lady" who withdrew from the 200 butterfly earlier on Tuesday to prepare for the individual medley final, is entered in one more individual event, the 200 backstroke.

Nonetheless, it was time for Phelps to enjoy the victory at le Clos' expense, and enjoy he did.

Phelps said he had been prepared to leave "every ounce" in the pool, and strain every sinew, and did not know how close it had been until he was on the podium.

Tears welled in his eyes as he listened to the national anthem - until one of his buddies from Baltimore cracked him up by shouting out "O" like they do at Camden Yards before Orioles' games. It didn't work out the way I wanted it to, but at least I was able to make it to Rio. "It's good to see he's awake. He usually sleeps all the time". The only thing that mattered was getting to the wall first. Sjostrom pushed her hard over the last 50 meters and won silver in 1 minute, 54.08 seconds.

"But I think having the outside lane gave me the advantage".

If there was any doubt that Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos are not fond of each other, the camera in the ready room of the Olympic Aquatic Center captured photographic evidence on Monday night as the two swimmers prepared for the 200-meter butterfly semifinals.

You may have missed the memo, but Phelps actually retired following London 2012, but he decided enough most definitely wasn't enough as he came out of retirement recently to defend his titles at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and he's done exactly that. "It kind of stuck with me and I really wanted that one back".

Le Clos stunned Phelps in the event at the 2012 games in London, but Phelps beat his rival this time around.

The relay was much less dramatic.

Less than an hour later, Phelps was back in the water again, anchoring the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay that was far from close, with the USA team - Conor Dwyer; Townley Haas; Ryan Lochte; and Phelps - shaving 6 seconds off their qualifying time to finish at 7:00.66 - just 2 seconds off the world record. Phelps just edged it over Sakai by four hundredths of a second.

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