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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Butterfly

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 2, 2012
Date Finished: August 3, 2012

Gold: USA Michael Phelps
Silver: RUS Yevgeny Korotyshkin
RSA Chad le Clos

Summary

The 2008 Olympic version of this race had been one of the closest races in Olympic history with Michael Phelps out-touching Serbian Milorad Čavić by only 1/100th of a second. Both were back in London and both made the final. Phelps' best stroke was the butterfly and he had won the 100 and 200 butterfly at the 2011 World Championships, as he had done at the 2004 and 2008 World Championships. But he had earlier faltered in the 200 fly in London, winning "only" silver behind South African Chad le Clos.

The final saw the early lead taken by Čavić and German Steffen Deibler, with Phelps seventh at 50 metres, leading only Le Clos. But the final lap was all Phelps as he finished in 51.21 to three-peat in the event, with Le Clos also coming on strong to finish in a second-place tie with Russian Yevgeny Korotyshkin. Fourth-place was also a dead-heat between Deibler and Čavić.

For Phelps this was his final individual gold medal of a vaunted Olympic career. It was his 11th individual gold medal and 17th gold medal in all – he would later win #18 in the 4×100 medley relay. His three-peat in this event followed a similar three-peat he had just completed in the 200 IM, making him the first man to three-peat in a swimming event at the Olympics, and only the third person ever, following Australian Dawn Fraser in the 100 freestyle in 1956-64, and Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi in the 100 backstroke in 1988-96.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 27 United States USA Gold
2T Chad le Clos 20 South Africa RSA Silver
2T Yevgeny Korotyshkin 29 Russia RUS Silver
4T Milorad Čavić 28 Serbia SRB
4T Steffen Deibler 25 Germany GER
6 Joeri Verlinden 24 Netherlands NED
7 Tyler McGill 24 United States USA
8 Konrad Czerniak 23 Poland POL
9 Dinko Jukic 23 Austria AUT
10 Nikolay Skvortsov 28 Russia RUS
11 Chris Wright 24 Australia AUS
12 Jason Dunford 25 Kenya KEN
13 Zhou Jiawei 28 China CHN
14T Benjamin Starke 25 Germany GER
14T Bence Pulai 20 Hungary HUN
16 François Heersbrandt 22 Belgium BEL
17 Takeshi Matsuda 28 Japan JPN
18 Ivan Lenđer 21 Serbia SRB
19 Peter Mankoč 34 Slovenia SLO
20 Lars Frölander 38 Sweden SWE
21 Takuro Fujii 27 Japan JPN
22 Matteo Rivolta 20 Italy ITA
23 Jayden Hadler 18 Australia AUS
24 Michael Rock 25 Great Britain GBR
25 Ryan Pini 30 Papua New Guinea PNG
26 Jang Gyu-Cheol 20 South Korea KOR
27 Joe Bartoch 29 Canada CAN
28 Kaio Almeida 27 Brazil BRA
29 Albert Subirats 25 Venezuela VEN
30 Clément Lefert 24 France FRA
31 Antony James 22 Great Britain GBR
32 Simão Morgado 33 Portugal POR
33 Dominik Meichtry 27 Switzerland SUI
34 Pavel Sankovich 22 Belarus BLR
35 Joseph Schooling 17 Singapore SIN
36 Ben Hockin 25 Paraguay PAR
37 Daniel Bell 22 New Zealand NZL
38 Yevgeni Lazuka 23 Azerbaijan AZE
39 Vytautas Janušaitis 30 Lithuania LTU
40 Stefanos Dimitriadis 22 Greece GRE
41 Sofyan El-Gadi 20 Libya LBA
42 Mohanad Al-Azzawi 15 Iraq IRQ
43 Khalid Alibaba 15 Bahrain BRN