Michael Phelps Wins 200-Meter Butterfly; Internet Crushes Rival for Trash-Talking Him
If you have beef with Michael Phelps, you better be able to back it up. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, South African swimmer Chad le Clos bested American Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly race to capture gold. Since that time, le Clos has exchanged in a one-sided war of words with Phelps, relishing every opportunity to get in a dig at the most decorated Olympian in history. On Monday, words turned to taunting as le Clos “shadowboxed” in front of Phelps before their preliminary heat, spurring the #PhelpsFace into internet gold. But if le Clos was trying to psyche out Phelps, it would backfire spectacularly.
In Tuesday night’s 200-meter butterfly final, Phelps would get his revenge and captured his 20th gold medal in his decorated career. Le Clos finished in what had to be for him a disappointing fourth, missing the podium altogether.
Michael Phelps: "How do you feel now Chad le Clos?"Chad le Clos: ? pic.twitter.com/Tf9QVpz8Tu — Crying Jordan (@CryingJordan) August 10, 2016
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