London 2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps equals record medal tally in 200m butterfly

Phelps beaten to 200m butterfly gold by Le Clos… but equals record medal tally

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19:06 GMT, 31 July 2012

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Michael Phelps joy at equalling the all-time Olympic medal tally was tainted by being pipped right at the death of the 200m butterfly final by South African Chad Le Clos.

The 27-year-old started the evening with 14 gold, one silver and two bronze medals over three Olympic Games since 2004.

His second place was sufficient to see him move alongside Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, whose record had stood since 1964.

Pipped to the post: Phelps narrowly missed out on the gold medal

Pipped to the post: Phelps narrowly missed out on the gold medal

However, the American has always
maintained he is not interested in medal counts and will be furious with
himself after le Clos beat him on the touch.

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner - taking gold in the 200m butterfly

Gold standard: Le Clos was the big winner – taking gold in the 200m butterfly