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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 9, 2016

Gold: USA Michael Phelps
Silver: JPN Masato Sakai
Bronze: HUN Tamás Kenderesi


[Michael Phelps] had won this event in 2004 and 2008, and had been second in London behind South African [Chad le Clos]. He had come out of retirement in 2015, after coming out of alcohol rehab, and had won the event at the US Olympic Trials, although his final lap looked terrible. In 2015, however, he had won the US Nationals in 1:52.94 and he was favored in Rio. Le Clos was also a medal contender, having placed second at the 2015 World Championships behind Hungarian [László Cseh], who was considered to be Phelps’ main challenger.

Cseh went out fast in the final and led at 50 metres, with Phelps second, but Phelps took the lead at the 100 mark. Cseh would fade and eventually finish seventh as Phelps went relatively unchallenged to win the gold medal. The rest of the podium was a shock as Japan’s [Masato Sakai] took silver and Hungarian [Tamás Kenderesi] won the bronze. Le Clos was second at the 150 mark but slowed on the final lap and finished fourth.

This was Phelps 12th individual Olympic gold medal, equaling the all-time Olympic record set by Leonidas of Rhodes at the Ancient Olympics. Leonidas had won his titles in the stadion, diaulos, and hoplite race at the 164, 160, 156 and 152 BCE Olympiads. Phelps would later break this mark in Rio, winning his 13th individual gold medal in the 200 individual medley.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 31 United States USA Gold
2 Masato Sakai 21 Japan JPN Silver
3 Tamás Kenderesi 19 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Chad le Clos 24 South Africa RSA
5 Daiya Seto 22 Japan JPN
6 Viktor Bromer 23 Denmark DEN
7 László Cseh 30 Hungary HUN
8 Louis Croenen 22 Belgium BEL
9 Grant Irvine 25 Australia AUS
10 Quah Zheng Wen 19 Singapore SGP
11 Yevgeny Koptelov 22 Russia RUS
12 Simon Sjödin 29 Sweden SWE
13 Leonardo de Deus 25 Brazil BRA
14 Kaio Almeida 31 Brazil BRA
15 Jonathan David Gómez 20 Colombia COL
16 Li Zhuhao 17 China CHN
17 Jan Świtkowski 22 Poland POL
18 Stefanos Dimitriadis 26 Greece GRE
19 David Morgan 22 Australia AUS
20 Tom Shields 25 United States USA
21 Carlos Peralta 22 Spain ESP
22 Robert Žbogar 27 Slovenia SLO
23 Sebastien Rousseau 25 South Africa RSA
24 Daniil Pakhomov 17 Russia RUS
25 Jordan Coelho 24 France FRA
26 Gal Nevo 29 Israel ISR
27 Wu Yuhang 19 China CHN
28 Sajan Prakash 22 India IND
29 Bradlee Ashby 20 New Zealand NZL