Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre butterfly
|Men's 200 metre butterfly|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Venue||London Aquatics Centre|
|Date||July 30, 2012 (heats &|
July 31, 2012 (final)
|Competitors||37 from 28 nations|
|Winning time||1:52.96 AF|
For the second time at the 2012 Olympic Games, Michael Phelps fell short in his attempt to win the same event three consecutive times, due to an upset performance from South Africa's Chad le Clos. Phelps was the odds-on favorite to win the race, but Le Clos came from third at the final turn to edge out the superstar (and his personal hero) by five-hundredths of a second (0.05) for the gold medal and an African record in 1:52.96. By finishing with a time of 1:53.01, Phelps earned his second silver medal of the games, bringing his overall total to eighteen, and matching Larisa Latynina's record of eighteen medals as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda managed to repeat his bronze from Beijing four years earlier in 1:53.21.
Austria's Dinko Jukić, who claimed the top seed earlier in the prelims, missed the podium by over a body length with a fourth-place time and a national record in 1:54.35. U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary finished fifth in 1:55.06 to hold off a close battle from Serbia's Velimir Stjepanović (1:55.07) and Poland's three-time Olympic finalist Paweł Korzeniowski (1:55.08) by a hundredth of a second (0.01) each. China's Chen Yin rounded out the historic finale with an eighth-place time in 1:55.18.
Prior to this competition, the world and Olympic records were:
|World record||Michael Phelps (USA)||1:51.51||Rome, Italy||29 July 2009|
|Olympic record||Michael Phelps (USA)||1:52.03||Beijing, China||13 August 2008|
|2||5||Chad le Clos||South Africa||1:54.34||Q, AF|
|4||4||Tyler Clary||United States||1:54.93||Q|
|1||3||Michael Phelps||United States||1:54.53||Q|
|5||Chad le Clos||South Africa||1:52.96||AF|
|6||Michael Phelps||United States||1:53.01|
|5||2||Tyler Clary||United States||1:55.06|
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