Chad le Clos beat his “role model” Michael Phelps with a 0.05 second lead in the 200 meters men’s butterfly last night.
This is the second gold medal for South Africa, the first coming from Cameron van der Burgh who won gold for his record-breaking win in the 100m men’s breast-stroke.
Commentators had Phelps pegged as a sure win. Phelps has won 19 Olympic medals during his career, 15 of which are gold.
Le Clos had slightly trailed Phelps throughout the race, overtaking him at the last moment.
Chad le Clos told the Mail and Guardian, “”When I turned I looked at him and there was a trigger point I just thought I could try do something special. The last 25 metres came in slow-mo and I just remember thinking to myself and my coach saying ‘keep it long and make sure you don’t shorten up.'”
South Africa is currently sitting in 11th place on the medal board.