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Men’s 200 metre butterfly final
Olympic Swimming
K.O 19.49, BBC 1

World Record 1:51.51 Olympic Record 1:52.03

1 Takeshi Matsuda (Japan) 1:54.25 (1:52.97)
2 Chad le Clos (South Africa) 1:54.34 (1:54.34)
3 Yin Chen (China) 1:54.43 (1:53.43)
4 Michael Phelps (USA) 1:54.53 (1.51.51 WR)
5 Tyler Clary (USA) 1:54.93 (1:53.64)
6 Dinko Jukic (Austria) 1:54.95 (1:53.17)
7 Pawel Korzeniowski (Poland) 1:55.04 (1:55.04)
8 Velimir Stjepanovic (Serbia) 1:55.13 (1:54.99)

Four years ago in Beijing, Michael Phelps won a record eight golds in the pool to add to the six golds he had won in Athens previously. This year his target was a rather more modest seven but he flopped in the 400 metre individual medley final, behind his compatriot and rival Ryan Lochte, to extinguish any hopes of another Olympic clean sweep. USA relay defeat to France ended further gold medal aspirations.

However, Phelps is the heavy favourite for tonight’s 200 metre butterfly final, an event that is his strongest. Should the American defend his title he will become the first man to win the same swimming event at three successive Games. He already holds both the world and Olympic records and although he only qualified fourth fastest he was surely saving something for the final.

Asian record holder Takeshi Matsuda qualified fastest but hasn’t yet looked capable of delivering a sub-1.53 performance which is likely to be required to scoop gold. 20-year old Chad le Clos has been hailed the next South African swimming star after smashing his own personal best in the semi-finals and we have already seen so far these Games that the youth should not be dismissed.

China are enjoying a fantastic London 2012 in the pool and Yin Chen should pick up a medal but is unlikely to find himself atop the podium. Tyler Clary is a medley specialist who might just find things happening a little fast. The European trio of Dinko Jukic, Pawel Korzeniowski and Velimir Stjepanovic need to find serious improvement from somewhere to take a hand in the finish.

Phelps has looked a little laboured so far these Games, and clearly isn’t the invincible giant of the water he was in Beijing, but he should have enough to see off these challengers in his best event and it would be disappointing if he didn’t collect yet another gold medal.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)

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