Holy moly! Michael Phelps only had two more chances to rake in the gold at the Rio Olympics, and he just missed his shot at one of them. Instead he snatched the silver in the 100m butterfly event, coming in just behind Singapore’s Joseph Schooling. Here are the shocking details.
Michael Phelps, 31, is an absolute beast in the pool and was looking unstoppable heading into this 100m butterfly event, which is why it was so shocking that he came in second in the big race behind Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling, who dominated for the gold medal. “Obviously I always want to be faster,” said Michael after the race. “It’s okay, I have another race tomorrow and I’m getting ready for that.” Michael has nothing but good things to say about Joseph. “My hat’s definitely off to him.”
Michael already brought home one gold using the butterfly stroke during the 200m version of the same race. He also won three other golds in Rio, two of his other medals came as part of a relay team race while the last medal was in his individual medley. His medal count was 4 gold in Rio alone, (on top of his 26 total) heading into this finals heat. What’s crazy, is that if he was a millisecond slower, he wouldn’t have gotten a medal at all, as he tied with two other guys for second.
This race had a challenging field of competitors from all over the world. American Tom Shields was alongside Michael but the real threat to Michael medalling came from a swimmer from Hungary named Laszlo Cseh. The Hungarian posted a better time in the semi’s and was eager to slay the giant that is Michael.
Michael is usually very comfortable in this race. He first won a gold in this event back in Athens in 2004 when he set an Olympic record during the race. The Beijing games held the same result for Michael. In 2008, Michael set another record and earned another gold in this event. At the London games of 2012 however, Michael would have to settle for only gold in the race as he failed to break another record.
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