M100 ‘Fly: Chad Le Clos 50.56 – Butterfly Beast Being Built By Bert’s Beautiful Boy

Chad Le Clos of South Africa on his way to a title retained - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Chad Le Clos of South Africa on his way to a title retained - by Patrick B. Kraemer

When Chad Le Clos clattered and crashed into the wall in 50.56 he not only retained the 100m butterfly world crown but separated the two Americans who have been the giants of sub-51 speed for the past decade. Ian Crocker remains the pace-maker to match, on 51.40 in 2005, while Michael Phelps, pipped for 200m gold at London 2012 by Le Clos, has now been surpassed on the clock in textile by the South African. On building speed in the beast of butterfly

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Felix Sanchez

Sub-51 times are like buses!

The event now looks out of its global recession, but still a pity that it’s two guys with a middle distance background leading. Where’s the heir to Crocker? In Phelps’ dominant years he was the only person in both fly finals at the global championships.

Bertrand

Cracker swam 50″40 in World’s 2005, stilltextile best after crown of Le Clos…

Craig Lord

All in the article Betrand

Re Thomas

Michael Phelps 50.45. All hail the king.

Fabio Massuia

And Phelps did it again…50.45!

KeithM

lol someone really likes alliteration

aswimfan

And as I kept repeatedly said, even not too long ago. Phelps’ best chances for Rio gold is 100 fly

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