On Friday, Michael Phelps competed in what is assumed to be his final individual performance in his Olympic career and ended it on a high note when he completed an amazing come from behind win to earn gold in the men's 100-meter butterfly. Phelps bested South Africa's Chad le Clos by 23 seconds, 51.21 to 51.44. Yevgeny Korotyshkin took the bronze medal.
Michael Phelps: "I'm just happy the last one was a win. ... Can't really finish any better than that."— Nicole Auerbach (@nicoleauerbach) August 3, 2012
Phelps now has a record 21 combined medals in the Olympics, with 17 of them being gold.
The former University of Michigan student was seventh at the turn prior to jumping to the lead and the win. Chad le Clos of South Africa and Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia both medaled, earning the silver and bronze, respectively.