South African swimmer, Chad le Clos, won South Africa’s second gold medal after winning the men’s 200 meters butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics last night. He narrowly edged out his idol and defending champion, Michael Phelps.
Nicely done Chad..nicely done.
He takes South Africa’s gold medal tally to two after the first was scooped by Cameron van der Burgh who won gold and broke the world record in the men’s 100m breaststroke over the weekend.
“That’s been my dream ever since I was a little boy,” Le Clos told BBC Sport.
“Michael is my hero. I just wanted to race in the final and now I’ve won it. I can’t believe it, I really can’t.”
Phelps led throughout the race but tried to glide to the wall after his final stroke and was out-touched by Le Clos.” [BBC Sport]
Phelps, who incidently is now the most successful Olympian of all time with 18 medals, was humble in defeat and showed his true class by sending the following tweet to Le Clos.
Proudly South African.