'Unbelievable' Le Clos's four medals make SA Olympic history

Gold medallist Joseph Schooling of Singapore poses with joint silver medallists Michael Phelps of USA, Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary during the victory ceremony of the Men's 100m Butterfly Victory at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Photo: Reuters/Michael Dalder

RIO DE JANEIRO – South Africa bagged its fifth medal at the Rio Olympics when Chad Le Clos won silver in the 100m swimming butterfly final on Friday.

But while Le Clos had to settle for a shared second place and a silver medal, he has become the country's most decorated Olympian, with four medals to his name. 

Joseph Schooling won the race to secure Singapore's first Olympic gold medal and deny Michael Phelps a 23rd in the last individual race of the American's extraordinary career.

Phelps, the defending champion and world record holder who is heading into retirement – again – after Rio, finished second in a three-way dead heat with two of his greatest rivals, South Africa's Chad Le Clos and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh.

Astonishingly, all three touched out in 51.14 seconds, behind Schooling's Olympic record 50.39.



Phelps, who now has 27 medals, had been hoping to win the event for the fourth successive Games.

Having won four medals at the Olympics, Le Clos has made history: it's the most a South African has won in 112 years.

South Africa first contested in the Games in St Louis, US in 1904.

So far, South African athletes have five medals: three silvers and two bronzes.




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