Michael Phelps Misses the Touch, Finishes 2nd in the 200 Meter Butterfly

Michael Phelps was going for his third Olympic gold medal in the 200 meter Butterfly, one of his best events. He led the entire race, but as he stretched for the wall with a slight lead over South African Chad Le Clos, he didn’t reach, and Le Clos out touched him by .05 seconds.

Phelps still earned his 18th swimming medal all-time in the Olympic Games, tied for the record, but none are probably as bittersweet as losing out on history in trying to become the first man to win an event in three straight Games.

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