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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