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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 30, 2012
Date Finished: July 31, 2012

Gold: RSA Chad le Clos
Silver: USA Michael Phelps
Bronze: JPN Takeshi Matsuda

Summary

Michael Phelps had won this event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was also World Champion in 2011. He was attempting to become the first man to three-peat in an Olympic swimming event. In the final he took the early lead and held it through most of the race, chased by South African Chad le Clos, 2010 gold medalist in the 200 IM at the Youth Olympics, and Japan's Takeshi Matsuda, the bronze medalist from Beijing, and silver medalist to Phelps at the 2011 Worlds. Less than 15 metres from the wall, Phelps seemed to have his three-peat but then Le Clos closed quickly and out-touched Phelps for the gold medal – 1:52.96 to 1:53.01. Matsuda held on for his second consecutive bronze medal in the event.

For Phelps this was his 18th Olympic medal, tying him with Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina for the all-time record for most Olympic medals. Phelps would soon break that and finish the London Olympics with a career total of 22 medals and 18 gold medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chad le Clos 20 South Africa RSA Gold
2 Michael Phelps 27 United States USA Silver
3 Takeshi Matsuda 28 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Dinko Jukic 23 Austria AUT
5 Tyler Clary 23 United States USA
6 Velimir Stjepanović 18 Serbia SRB
7 Paweł Korzeniowski 27 Poland POL
8 Chen Yin 26 China CHN
9 Bence Biczó 19 Hungary HUN
10 Kazuya Kaneda 24 Japan JPN
11 Wu Peng 25 China CHN
12 László Cseh, Jr. 26 Hungary HUN
13 Nick D'Arcy 25 Australia AUS
14 Nikolay Skvortsov 28 Russia RUS
15 Ioannis Drymonakos 28 Greece GRE
16 Chris Wright 24 Australia AUS
17T Kaio Almeida 27 Brazil BRA
17T Joe Roebuck 27 Great Britain GBR
19 Marcin Cieślak 20 Poland POL
20 Roberto Pavoni 21 Great Britain GBR
21 Leonardo de Deus 21 Brazil BRA
22 Pedro Oliveira 24 Portugal POR
23 Stefanos Dimitriadis 22 Greece GRE
24 Robert Žbogar 23 Slovenia SLO
25 Mauricio Fiol 18 Peru PER
26 Joseph Schooling 17 Singapore SIN
27 Marcos Lavado 20 Venezuela VEN
28 Illia Chuiev 28 Ukraine UKR
29 Alexandru Coci 22 Romania ROU
30 Hsu Chi-Chieh 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
31 David Sharpe 21 Canada CAN
32 Gal Nevo 25 Israel ISR
33 Alexandre Liess 21 Switzerland SUI
34 Omar Pinzón 23 Colombia COL
35 Diego Castillo 21 Panama PAN
36 Yousef Al-Askari 18 Kuwait KUW
37 Hocine Haciane 26 Andorra AND