Le Clos strikes gold as Phelps equals medal record

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 01 2012 03:07 AM | Updated as of Aug 01 2012 11:07 AM

LONDON - Chad Le Clos of South Africa scored a dramatic victory in the men's 200m butterfly final here Tuesday, as Michael Phelps levelled the all-time record for Olympic medals won.

Le Clos pipped Phelps with a last-gasp surge to touch home for gold, with the American superstar having to settle for silver. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda took bronze.

Phelps' silver medal took him level with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time with 18 medals.