Michael Phelps wins 200m butterfly for 20th Olympic gold

Michael Phelps of USA reacts after winning gold in the 200m butterfly in Rio on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

Michael Phelps of the United States claimed the 20th Olympic gold medal of his career on Tuesday by winning the 200 metres butterfly final in a race that made up for a stinging 2012 defeat to South African Chad Le Clos.

Japan’s Masato Sakai took the silver medal and Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi the bronze.

Le Clos, whose run-up to the Games was overshadowed by news that both his parents had cancer, finished fourth.

Phelps now has 24 Olympic medals with the chance of another later on Tuesday in the 4x200 freestyle relay.

On August 7, Phelps had bagged his 19th.

Cheered on by fiancee Nicole and his toddler son Boomer in the stands, Phelps again provided the spark, producing a quick 47.12-second leg to overtake France’s Fabien Gilot and set up victory in the 4x100m freestyle.

Nathan Adrian anchored Team USA to a time of 3:09.92 to end France’s dominance of the event that streches back to the last two world championships and the London Games four years ago.

Ledecky wins 200m freestyle gold

Katie Ledecky touched first to win her second individual gold medal and keep alive her bid to become the first freestyler since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to win the 200, 400 and 800 distances in the same Olympics.

Ledecky posted a time of 1 minute 53.73. This event, which Ledecky began swimming at the international level only last summer, figured to offer the most resistance in her attempt to match Meyer’s feat.

With a victory on Friday in the 800-meter freestyle, where she is a heavy favorite, Ledecky will match Meyer. Along with her gold in London in the 800 meters at the age of 15, she now has three Olympic golds.
Souce - hindustan times

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