Watch: Phelps, Schooling, Cseh, Le Clos 100 Fly Press Conference

Captured by D’Artagnan Dias.

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Mitch Bowmile. 


Start List: click here
Top Seed: 50.83 – Joseph Schooling – Singapore
World Record: 49.82 (2009) – Michael Phelps – USA
JR World Record: 51.33 – Li Zhuhao – China
Olympic Record: 50.58 (2008) – Michael Phelps – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 51.21 – Michael Phelps – USA

In probably the most fitting send-off in this event for the greatest Olympic champion he tied with his two rivals, Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh. He didn’t tie with them for the gold medal however, he had to settle for silver.

The last time Phelps lost this race internationally was at the 2005 world Championships in Montreal 11-years-ago where he got beat by American teammate Ian Crocker. The time that Crocker beat Phelps in: 50.40.

The 50.40 textile best from Crocker is the one record that has eluded him his entire career, and finally, in his last race ever, it went down. The only thing not picturesque about the loss is the fact that it went down at the hands of Joseph Schooling who defeated Phelps for gold with a 50.39.

Not only was the textile record finally broken, but a new age of the 100m butterfly has been ushered in on the hands of Schooling.

In the most fitting sendoff for the greatest Olympian of all time in the individual event, everything fit the storyline almost too perfectly.


1. Joseph Schooling – Singapore – 50.39

2. Michael Phelps – USA – 51.14 TIE
2. Chad Le Clos – South Africa – 51.14 TIE
2. Laszlo Cseh – Hungary – 51.14 TIE
5. Li Zhuhao – China – 51.26
6. Mehdy Metella – France – 51.58
7. Tom Shields – USA – 51.73
8. Aleksandr Sadovnikov – 51.84

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7 years ago

Joe is such a nice guy. I remember I asked him a lot of questions through his official page on Facebook and he answered every single one of them:)… that was back when his page had like 5000 likes tho (not so long ago), that number raised to over 65000 after the gold in Rio, so I’m not sure if he will keep answering questions:P

Anyway, good luck with your future, Joe! Keep up the good work:)

7 years ago

Feeling sorry for Le Clos and Cseh. Slumping in chair, eye rolls. This would be difficult.

7 years ago

Feeling sorry for Le Clos and Cseh. Slumping in chair, eye rolls. This must be hard.

7 years ago

Hello. Phelps has had 6 press conferences this week after 6 finals. Can you explain to me why the only press conference of those that swim swam has posted is from the race lost?

Thank you

Reply to  Beachbumj343
7 years ago

They posted 200im I think.

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