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Michael Phelps celebrates at US Nationals after topping Chad Le Clos' World Championships winning time. (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Michael Phelps celebrates at US Nationals after topping Chad Le Clos‘ World Championships winning time. (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

2013 World Champion: Chad Le Clos, RSA – 51.06
World Record: 49.82 – Michael Phelps, USA – 2009
Championship Record: 49.82 – Michael Phelps, USA – 2009

GOLD: Chad Le Clos, RSA – 50.56
SILVER: Laszlo Cseh, HUN – 50.87
BRONZE: Joseph Schooling, SIN – 50.96

Chad Le Clos was on a mission, and it paid off. He broke the African record en route to winning the World title in the men’s 100 butterfly with his time of 50.56. Laszlo Cseh made history today, becoming the first man to ever medal in all three butterfly events at the same World Championships. He picked up the silver with a 50.87. Joseph Schooling also found his way on the podium, posting a new Asian record time of 50.96.

Tom Shields just missed the podium, finishing in fourth at 51.06. Mehdy Metella lowered his day-old French national record with a fifth place finish at 51.24.

Konrad Czerniak, Pawel Korzeniowski, and Li Zhuhao rounded out the final between 51.28 and 51.66.

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I love the title.


You can see him shout “I am number one!”… Not anymore :l


Le Clos can keep his world title. At this point in Michael’s career, it’s about having the fastest times in the world. Michael wins again!


LOL now the “phans” are rationalizing, this is Psychology 101! hahaha By your reasoning going to Rio isn’t even a concern then? He might as well just stay at home go to some age group meet with smooth water and throw down a world’s best and call it a day? He has the WR 49.8, he has the fastest time in the world, no reason to compete I guess. Look at Heemskerk, if you don’t do it in the final having the world’s best time doesn’t matter.

Gina Rhinestone

Le Clos can keep his world title’ – that is big of you .

But I think it is the title or the record argument …….one can be beaten / one can’t take away a title . Even less – no one I ever heard say “. I had the world’s leading time in 1999′ “. Errh – so what

Lazy Observer

Gina, I still don’t understand 78.4% of what you write. But looking back, I could have been nicer. So though you don’t give a sh*t what I think, I offer my apologies.

Gina Rhinestone

T’was not your post I commented on . But it’s okay cause I got to write ‘ t’was ‘ & am thinking – what a beautiful word .


So Gina is the only one who makes sense on this thread………keep up the good work!

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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