Majestic Phelps wins 20th Olympic gold – report, video & analysis

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Phelps wins stunning 20th Olympic gold

Record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps won his 20th gold as he comprehensively beat defending champion Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly at Rio 2016.

The American, 31, cruised to victory in one minute 53.36 seconds as the South African only managed to finish fourth.

Phelps avenged 24-year-old Le Clos’ victory over him at London 2012.

Japan’s Masato Sakai and Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi overtook Le Clos in the final 50 metres to take the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Phelps and Le Clos meet again in another latest instalment of their duel when they compete in the 100m butterfly later this week.

Phelps can win a 21st gold later when he races in the 200m freestyle relay (03:38 BST) alongside his United States team-mates.

But reclaiming the individual 200m butterfly title was Phelps’ main target in Rio following his dramatic defeat in London four years ago.

That final was supposed to be his farewell to the sport, having already announced his intention to retire after the Games.

He came out of retirement in 2014.

Phelps has won more than twice as many Olympic gold medals as the athlete second on the list, former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina (nine).


BBC Sport’s chief sports writer describes Phelps’ jubilant celebrations after winning in Rio


Adrian Moorhouse, 1988 Olympic 100m breaststroke champion:

“What a fantastic race. Michael Phelps was awesome. I thought they were going to catch him but he pulled it off.

“You can call him the greatest of all time now. He’s great. He’s invincible.”

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