Olympic Swimming 2012: Michael Phelps Wins 17th Gold Medal in 100m Butterfly

Daniel ZhuContributor IAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the Men's 200m Individual Medley final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After winning the 200-meter IM yesterday, Michael Phelps is back in the pool for the 100-meter butterfly.

This will be his last individual event at the Olympics, and Phelps will be looking to capture his 21st Olympic medal, and 17th gold medal if he wins it.

Phelps won't go head-to-head with Lochte in this event, but he still faces some stiff competition from a few swimmers that could halt his continuing ascent to being the greatest Olympian.

Chad Le Clos of South Africa will be a threat to Phelps' chances at a gold, along with Steffen Deibler of Germany. The two swimmers finished with times of 51:42 and 51:76, respectively, closely behind Michael's 50:86.

In fact, Le Clos was the swimmer who beat Phelps down the stretch at the 200m butterfly by .05 seconds, dethroning Phelps from his signature event.

Well, the butterfly is Phelps' signature stroke, so he'll have to start out strong and dominate the rest of the swimmers.

The greatest swimmer in the world will head into the pool in about an hour, and you can catch most of the live action via nbcolympics.com.

This race certainly isn't a Phelps vs. Lochte showdown, but that doesn't mean it won't be another exciting thriller, so strap yourselves in, and enjoy the 100m butterfly.


Well, Michael Phelps does it again! Phelps takes home his 17th gold medal, and 21st Olympic medal overall.

It was actually a very tight race. Phelps was seventh after the first 50 meters, but a late charge vaulted him up to the front of the pack. Phelps finished with a time of 51:21, and continues to make history yet again.