Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza: children caught up in the conflict

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Was the UN chief’s speech in Tel Aviv really a 'shameful message'?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France concerned about anti-Semitism

Read more

WEB NEWS

Online movement demands peace in Gaza

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Apple aims to satisfy China's hunger for smartphones

Read more

DEBATE

MH17: Punishing Putin? (part two)

Read more

DEBATE

MH17: Punishing Putin?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Competing narratives in Malaysia Airlines disaster coverage

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya : Police arrest 8 over Mombasa rampage

Read more

  • Paris braced for new pro-Palestinian rally after clashes

    Read more

  • Video: Fear, death and mourning in Gaza’s Khan Younis

    Read more

  • Netherlands honours MH17 victims in day of mourning

    Read more

  • Young riders raise French hopes for Tour de France

    Read more

  • Defying UK, France to proceed with warships sale to Russia

    Read more

  • Kerry arrives in Israel to push for Gaza ceasefire

    Read more

  • US courts issue conflicting reports on Obamacare

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Flight MH17 shot down ‘by mistake', US intelligence indicates

    Read more

  • US, European airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • Australian veteran Rogers claims 16th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • France gives go-ahead to pro-Palestinian Paris rally

    Read more

  • French Jews mourn French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza

    Read more

Sport

Phelps claims gold in 100-metre butterfly

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-08-03

US swimmer Michael Phelps surged to victory in the men’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2012 Olympics in London on Friday, claiming his 21st career medal and 17th gold.

AFP - Michael Phelps rallied to win the men's 100m butterfly here Friday, claiming the title for the third straight Games for the 17th gold medal of his Olympic career.

One last time in the 100m fly, Phelps made it a nail-biter, recalling his thrilling victory by one one-hundredth of a second over Milorad Cavic in Beijing and his triumph by four-hundredths of a second over compatriot Ian Crocker in Athens.

"This was a bigger margin of victory than the last two combined, so we can smile and be happy," Phelps said. "It was fun."

Just as he did four years ago, Phelps rallied from seventh at the turn, winning in 51.21sec.

South Arican Chad le Clos and Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin shared silver, both clocking 51.44.

Cavic, who famously finished a fingertip out of first in Beijing, went out hard in an effort to turn the tables.

He led at the turn but faded to finish equal fourth with Germany's Steffen Deibler in 51.81sec.

"I am just happy that the last one was a win. That is all I wanted coming into tonight," Phelps said of his last individual effort at the London Aquatics Centre. He'll complete his seven-event programme with the medley relay final on Saturday.

Phelps also narrowly beat Cavic at the 2009 world championships in Rome, where the Serbian ratchted up the pressure going into the final by beating Phelps' world record in the semis and urging Phelps to try one of the polyurethane super-suits for their head-to-head.

But in Rome, too, Phelps came out on top, rallying from fourth and regaining the world mark in the victory.

Cavic, who has been hindered by a back injury, said he couldn't have done more in his own swimming finale.

"There's not a doubt in my mind that I left everything that I had inside of that pool," he said.
 

Date created : 2012-08-03

  • OLYMPIC GAMES 2012

    Phelps makes Olympic history with another gold

    Read more

  • OLYMPIC GAMES 2012

    Michael Phelps now most-decorated Olympian

    Read more

  • OLYMPIC GAMES 2012

    Phelps and Olympic hosts still seeking first medals

    Read more

COMMENT(S)