Michael Phelps 21st Gold: It’s A Gold For Team USA!
Swimming maestro Michael Phelps has added two more gold medals to his tally during Day 4 of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Advertisement
With his most recent achievements, Phelps now has 21 Olympic gold medals to his name. Phelps bagged his 20th gold medal after securing a win in the 200 meter butterfly event, completing the contest in 1:53:36. This was the third time he emerged victorious in the event.
In the semi finals, Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary had bested Phelps, outracing the latter over the last 25 meters then finishing the race ahead of Phelps by 16 hundredths of a second.
The 200 meter butterfly event, as a matter of fact, is the same event where Phelps had to face defeat at the hands of South African swimmer Chad Le Clos in the 2012 London Olympics. Le Clos had fared better than Phelps by five hundredths of a second.
On Tuesday, though, Le Clos had to contend with a defeat. He was swimming in the next lane to Phelps, one of the five swimmers qualified for the finals.
Recently, Phelps spoke about Le Clos. “Chad liked me, and then he didn’t like me,” Phelps said, as reported by the New York Times. “He said I was his hero, and then he was calling me out.”
While Masato Sakai of Japan finished second and received the silver medal, Kenderesi came in third; Le Clos achieved the fourth position.
Almost 70 minutes after his win in the 200 meter butterfly event, Phelps was scheduled to compete in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay. He did not disappoint his country or his fans. With another victory, he added the 21st Olympic gold medal to his tally.
Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte were the other swimmers from Team USA in the event.