Swimming Men's 200m Butterfly Final - Chad le Clos wins Gold - London 2012 Olympic Games Highlights
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Swimming Men's 200m Butterfly Final - Gold: Chad le Clos (South Africa) - Silver: Michael Phelps (United States) - Bronze: Takeshi Matsuda (Japan) Highlights from the Aquatics Centre at the London 2012 Olympic Games. -- 31 July 2012


Swimming has featured on the programme of all editions of the Games since 1896. The very first Olympic events were freestyle (crawl) or breaststroke. Backstroke was added in 1904.

In the 1940s, breaststrokers discovered that they could go faster by bringing both arms forward over their heads. This practice was immediately forbidden in breaststroke, but gave birth to butterfly, whose first official appearance was at the 1956 Games in Melbourne. This style is now one of the four strokes used in competition.

Women's swimming became Olympic in 1912 at the Stockholm Games. Since then, it has been part of every edition of the Games. The men's and women's programmes are almost identical, as they contain the same number of events, with only one difference: the freestyle distance is 800 metres for women and 1,500 metres for men.

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Swimming Men's 200m Butterfly Final - Chad le Clos wins Gold
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  • Phelps loses his touch in butterfly final

      Reuters
    Topics Chad le Clos of South Africa swims in his men's 200m butterfly semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 30, 2012. Michael Phelps suffered a shock defeat to South Africa's Chad le Clos in the final of the 200...
  • Clos call: South African stuns Phelps in 200 fly

      San Diego Union-Tribune
    28 p.m., July 31, 2012 United States' Michael Phelps, front, and South Africa's Chad le Clos compete in the men's 200-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July...
  • Phelps 'watching' Le Clos

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  • Chad 'surprised' to make final

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  • Phelps Wins Record 19th Medal

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  • Le Clos targets Rio Olympics

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    After winning two medals at the London 2012, Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos hopes to be able to challenge for six more medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games...Le Clos said he hoped he would inspire a generation as Phelps had inspired...

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