Champions are always focused in one direction.
Michael Phelps defeated his ready room rival Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly tonight in the Rio Olympics. The photo above perfectly encapsulates this week’s 1 v 1 battle between Mr. Phelps and Mr. le Clos. The latter was animated against the former before the semifinal race yesterday and the final tonight, which saw the former winning both races.
For clarity’s sake: Michael Phelps swam faster than Chad le Clos in the semifinal and final races, which ultimately translated to Mr. Phelps winning gold. Chad le Clos may have won the unofficial dance-off between the two, but Michael Phelps officially won his 20th gold medal.
Not his 20th medal, but his 20th Olympic gold medal.
And Chad le Clos didn’t even reach the medal podium for the 200m butterfly. You could say his antics led to a Fool’s Gold performance.
P.S. Update: Michael Phelps and the 4 x 200m relay team from the United States just won a gold medal.
The Rolling Michael Phelps Gold Medal Count: 21.