Chad le Clos of South Africa celebrates after winning the gold in the Men's 200m Butterfly final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) (Al Bello/AFP/Getty Images)
Phelps had been trying to become the first man to win an Olympic swimming event three times in a row.
Choreographer Akram Khan and performers dance in a scene depicting the struggle between life and death during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) (Michael Regan/AFP/Getty Images)