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Schooling knocks off Phelps for 100m butterfly gold

Stefan Wermuth / REUTERS

For the first time since the 2004 Olympics in Athens, someone other than Michael Phelps is the 100m butterfly gold medalist.

Joseph Schooling of Singapore pulled off a massive upset in Phelps' final individual event of Rio 2016, turning in an Olympic record of 50.39 to edge the American legend at the wall.

The world's most-accomplished Olympian entered the race looking for his fourth straight gold medal in the 100m butterfly, but started slow and couldn't catch Schooling in the final lap, settling for a three-way tie for silver and his fifth medal of Rio 2016.

Schooling's performance gave Singapore its first-ever Olympic gold medal in the country's history. The 21-year-old, who swims for the University of Texas, met Phelps before the 2008 Summer Olympics when he was a 13-year-old.

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary and Chad le Clos of South Africa tied for the silver medal with Phelps, who brought his career medal total to 27 with the second-place finish.

The silver-medal result could be the last time the world sees Phelps in an individual swimming event, as the 31-year-old told reporters after the race he would not be competing at Tokyo 2020.


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