South Africa’s swim sensation Chad le Clos came from behind to beat Michael Phelps in the 200 butterfly in the Olympic Games in London last night.
With a few meters to go, it looked like Phelps had the race under control but Chad put his head down and didn’t breathe for his last few strokes to surge past Phelps and touch the wall in a time of 1:52.96.
Phelps finished second in 1:53.01 and later in the evening anchored the USA 4 x 200m freestyle relay team to victory over France to claim his 19th Olympic medal and thereby becoming the most successful Olympian of all time.
Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry finished in 6th position in the 200 IM which was won by China’s Shiwen Ye.
With two gold medals won by the swimmers, South Africa has already had a more successful Olympic Games than four years ago in Beijing.
Chad le Clos will be swimming again today in the heats of the mens 200 IM.