RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - If you blinked, you would have missed the men's 100m butterfly event at Olympic Aquatics Stadium as a new Olympic record was set by Singapore's Joseph Schooling with Team USA's Michael Phelps tying with two other swimmers for the silver medal.
On the heels of a commanding win in the 200m individual medley where he earned gold for the United States and bested American teammate Ryan Lochte, Phelps was back in the pool for the 100m butterfly Friday night.
Phelps was the only Rio gold medalist in the water Friday night for the 100m butterfly, but two silver medalists competed against Phelps and the rest of the world Friday's final. Chad le Clos of South Africa earned silver in the men's 200m freestyle and France's Mehdy Metella grabbing silver in the 4x100m freestyle, the event where Team USA earned gold.
Friday, Schooling outpaced the eight-man field, getting out to a strong lead at the half-way point and carrying that cushion of space to the finish and earning his first medal of the Rio games.
Phelps tied with le Clos and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh for silver.
American Tom Shields finished seventh.
The results of the men's 100m butterfly are as follows:
- Joseph Schooling - Singapore - 50.39 (GOLD)
- Michael Phelps - United States - 51.14 (SILVER)
- Chad le Clos - South Africa - 51.14 (SILVER)
- László Cseh - Hungary - 51.14 (SILVER)
- Li Zhuhao - China
- Mehdy Metella - France
- Tom Shields - United States
- Alexandr Sadovnikov - Russia
On the women's side, Team USA's Katie Ledecky took to Olympic Aquatics Stadium to face off against the world in the 800m freestyle and left the competition in the dust, setting a new world record.
American Ledecky has been a force to be reckoned with in the pool during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, earning three gold medals and a silver medal heading in to Friday's final for the 800m freestyle.
Ledecky first won the event at age 15 during the summer games in London, but she was not the only American competing in the event as Leah Smith also sought to earn another Rio gold medal to go along with the one she earned during the 4x200m freestyle relay.
In the heats, Ledecky set an Olympics record with her time of 8:12.86, outpacing Hungary's Kapás by nearly seven seconds.
Friday, Ledecky brought the speed she had in the heats to the finals, besting her Olympic record time of 8:12.86, completing it in 8:04.79, setting a new world record and earning her fourth gold medal.
Fellow American Leah Smith finished sixth in the final.
The results of the women's 800m freestyle are as follows:
- Katie Ledecky - United States - 8:04.79 (GOLD)
- Jazmin Carlin - Great Britian - 8:16.17 (SILVER)
- Boglárka Kapás - Hungary - 8:16.37 (BRONZE)
- Mireia Belmonte – Spain - 8:18.55
- Jess Ashwood - Australia - 8:20.32
- Leah Smith - United States - 8:20.95
- Lotte Friis - Denmark - 8:24.50
- Sarah Kohler - Germany - 8:27.75
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