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Rival for Gold Likely Regrets Trash-Talking, Provoking Phelps

[DIGEST: New York Times, Mashable]

Michael Phelps won his 21st gold medal, emerging victorious from the 4X200 freestyle relay, but it was the performance that won him his 20th––the 200-meter butterfly––that left viewers from around the globe talking. The 200-meter butterfly is Phelps's signature event (he placed fifth in the event in 2000 and won back to back Olympic medals in 2004 and 2008), but he endured a crushing defeat during London's 2012 Olympics when South African swimmer Chad Le Clos beat him by five-hundredths of a second. Le Clos swam in a lane adjacent to Phelps on Tuesday night, ultimately placing fourth behind Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary, the bronze medalist, and Masato Sakai, the surprise silver medalist. Phelps's winning time was 1:53:36.

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