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Phelps vs. le Clos: When poking the bear goes wrong

Sometimes you poke the bear, other times the bear beats you in a race and wags his finger afterwards. Michael Phelps shut down the 200-meter butterfly final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, reclaiming the gold medal that he lost to South Africa’s Chad le Clos in 2012. The two swimmers have been locked in a rivalry that has added a little steam to the Olympic pool. Le Clos shadowboxed his way into the villain role in the United States in the lead-up to his already anticipated matchup with America’s most decorated Olympian ever.
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