Phelps Rises to Challenge: Posts #1 World Time with 50.45 100 Fly

Michael Phelps of North Baltimore Aquatic Club rose to the challenge put forth by Chad Le Clos, after his gold-medal performance of 50.56 in the 100m butterfly at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, and posted yet another World-leading time, winning the U.S. National title in 50.45. That beat Le Clos’ winning time by .11.

Phelps was relatively slow off the blocks, but he made up for it with an incredible wall at the 50 and perhaps the best second-half of his career.

r 0.81 │ 24.10 / 26.35 = 50.45

Le Clos’ splits in Kazan, by comparison, were:

r 0.64 │ 23.72 / 26.84 = 50.56

After his win, Le Clos threw down the gauntlet, saying amongst other things, “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.”

In the post-race interview, Phelps responded with:

“I saw the times. I saw the comments. There are a lot of things I could say but I won’t. I let what I do in the pool do all of my talking and that’s how I’ve always done things. From a standpoint of what anybody else says, that’s their own business. You can keep saying anything, I don’t mind it, but you won’t get a rise out of me.”


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i think that Michael is doping. His meteoric rise to success is too suspicious for me. I mean I have never heard of him before tonight. Who is phelps?


and i saw him actually drinking out of a bottle once.. I think thats evidence enough


I think drinking out of a bottle (and subsequent actions) is what kept him out of competition in Kazan


Seems like people who disliked this comment don’t get sarcasm at all… Bravo Michael! Stand up for the champion!

Irish Ringer

Yeah, it’s almost a knee jerk reaction when someone goes after the GOAT Swim Swam fans pounce before reading the rest of the post and taking in the humor 🙂


You never heard of “Phelps” do you live under a rock or something? We are very sure he does not “Dope” Swimmers get tested frequently! Sorry, “Hater” no go on this one…


I’m sorry but you are one very stupid lady for not realizing that the comment was sarcasm.


Hoping Lisa is a kid, but not many named Lisa these days. Lisa, it was SARCASTIC


I knew it was too good to be true.


I think you better get some informations about phelps before you say that he is doping! Google it and you will know who is it 😉


He is not Doping I drink every one drinks out of bottles. He doesn’t need steroids they have tested him a millions of times


For someone to make such an accusation of someone they don’t even know is quite stupid of you. Mike has only been swimming and winning gold medals and world records since 2000. Mehta time capsule have you been in?

Carlos Danger

Maybe Le Clos won’t make any hasty comments anymore XD


I love what Le Clos is doing! Our sport needs more of it- just building up an awesome showdown!


Lol I think he will continue, PHELPS bieng his idol, am sure he knew all about Civic and Co and how Phelps responded to them.

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