London: Chad Le Clos was the fastest qualifier in the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries at the London Olympics on Thursday, with Michael Phelps second after rallying from last at the turn in the final morning swim of his storied career.
Le Clos outtouched Phelps to win the 200 fly on Tuesday, when Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever. The American came back after silver in the 200 to help the U.S. win the 4x200 free relay and earn his 19th career medal.
Le Clos won his 100 heat in 51.54 seconds, while Phelps took his heat in 51.72 as he tries to become the first male swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics. Phelps was last coming off the 50-meter wall before gradually picking off everyone in the field to touch first.