Michael Phelps wins gold in 200 fly, adds to record medal tally

Phelps lost by 0.05 seconds to le Clos in the event four years ago and swam next to his South African rival on Tuesday. The pair hadn't raced each other in a major championship final since those 2012 Games, and the tension almost bubbled over in the call room of the semifinal.

Cseh began to fade, with Le Clos moving into second at the 150 metre-mark but the South African could not match Phelps in the final lap, with the American punching the air in delight after stepping out. This time around, Phelps got the victory in 1:53.36, well off his own world record of 1:51.51 set in 2009. It didn't matter, though.

Phelps finished the race in 1:53.36, with Japan's Masato Sakai finishing in 1:53.40 to take silver.

Phelps had retired after Le Clos defeated him in the same race at the 2012 London Olympics, and then even when he launched his comeback to take revenge, he was not expected to make it to Rio, let alone beat Le Clos.

Hungary's 19-year-old Tamas Kenderesi surpassed his veteran teammate Cseh to clinch a superb bronze medal in 1:53.62, with Le Clos fading to fourth, more than a half-a-body length behind Phelps in a time of 1:54.06.

American swimmer Katie Ledecky celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday.

Despite Sakai's late and unexpected surge, Phelps clung on for a record-extending gold and his 24th Olympic medal in all.

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