Chad Le Clos: “Phelps Can Keep Quiet Now”

Not even 24 hours have passed since American swimming icon Michael Phelps threw down the world’s fastest 200m butterfly time in San Antonio that the worldwide trash talking has begun.

Phelps crushed at time of 1:52.94 to take the 200m butterfly title at U.S. Nationals, silencing any skeptics who thought the man was past his prime.  But, rivals took to the mic to express their thoughts on the 18-time Olympic gold medalist’s performance.

Said Hungarian Laszlo Cseh when asked about Phelps’ #1 time in the world, “”It doesn’t [matter] because I won the world champs.”

South African Chad Le Clos also had some choice words after his own gold medal-winning 100m butterfly performance today at the World Championships. When asked about Phelps’ post-race, Le Clos offered up, Michael Phelps has been talking about how slow the butterfly events have been recently. I just did a time he hasn’t done in four years. So he can keep quiet now.”  Le Clos may be particularly sensitive Phelps’ in-pool response, seeing how the American’s 1:52.96 was .02 better that the time Le Clos registered to beat Phelps in the event at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

For his part, Le Clos raced to a new South African and African 100m fly record of 50.56 in Kazan today and actually logged the second-fastest textile swim ever in the event.  In comparison, Phelps’ best 100m fly textile time is 50.65 from 2010.

We’ve seen in the past how competitors’ comments only up Phelps’ game and fuel his already evident “I absolutely hate to lose” racing spark.

After last night’s special swim, Phelps said, “It just shows you that anything is possible if you do want something bad enough. I went through a lot. And to be able to train like I did to get ready for this — I mean, I can do whatever I put my mind to. And this next year is going to be pretty damn fun.”

Phelps will contest the 100m butterfly race tonight in San Antonio, where he goes into the final as the second seed (52.12).

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Bossanova
5 years ago

Those who do not learn from Cavic’s past are doomed to repeat it.

Lane Four
Reply to  Bossanova
5 years ago

LOL LOL LOL you are so right, Bossanova! If Cavic thinks he got smacked in Beijing, he was crucified in Rome the following year because of his talking smack.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Bossanova
5 years ago

Le Clos continues to lob shots at Phelps:

“I’m just very happy that he’s back to his good form, so he can’t come out and say, `Oh, I haven’t been training,’ or all that rubbish that he’s been talking,” the South African said. “Next year [in the 2016 Olympics] is going to be Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier.”

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/olympics/phelps/bal-michael-phelps-100-butterfly-nationals-20150808-story.html

ML
Reply to  Bossanova
5 years ago

What Phelps actually said was, “And to be able to train like I did to get ready for this AND DO THAT [meaning, the time he did] — I mean, I can do whatever I put my mind to. And this next year is going to be pretty damn fun.”

In other words, he’s saying he hasn’t done nearly as much training as he’s going to do. Awesome.

L
Reply to  ML
5 years ago

I think you misinterpreted what he said

L
Reply to  ML
5 years ago

Michael has talked about how hard he has worked in most of his interviews during this meet

Swedish Fish
5 years ago

Giving Phelps even more motivation for the upcoming year really seems like a bad idea.

Competitive Trash Talker
Reply to  Swedish Fish
5 years ago

These statements are GREAT for our sport. GREAT for the upcoming races in Rio and GREAT for motivating these swimmers to go even faster the next time they hit the water. It gets people who haven’t paid any attention to swimming since the London Olympics to perk up their ears and start paying attention. I love it!

Lane Four
Reply to  Competitive Trash Talker
5 years ago

Man, I love your handle. It’s a good one!

pol
5 years ago

LOL some of these pretenders. We’ll see in Rio who will get the last laugh.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  pol
5 years ago

or Smash the last guitar ! LOL

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