Michael Phelps has won his 21st Olympic gold medal after what was a productive end to the day from the USA man.
Phelps, from the state of Baltimore, claimed a dominant victory in the 200 metres butterfly, before then going on to lead the USA relay team to a gold medal in the 200 metre freestyle. Phelps, who didn’t win gold at the London Olympics in 2012 in the 200 metres, was shocked as South African Chad De Close picked up gold and Phelps had to settle for silver. However, the American was not to be denied on this occasion as he put in a dominant display to see him claim his 21stOlympic gold medal for Team USA.
Phelps, won the title in 2004 and 2008 and he reclaimed it early Tuesday evening Irish time. He claimed in a time of 1 minute 53.36 seconds. Japanese swimmer, Masato Sakai threatened to come from behind to upset the American finishing four one hundredths of a second and claiming the silver medal for Japan.
Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi took the bronze medal as he finished with a time of 1 minute 53.62 seconds. South African Le Clos finished outside the medal placings in fourth with a time of 1 minute 54.06 seconds.
In the relay event, as already said USA finished first. Great Britain finished second and claimed the silver medal after James Guy put in a strong final leg, Japan seen off Russia for the final place on the podium.