Le Clos clinches his second Olympic medal

Swimmer Chad Le Clos won his second Olympic medal in the men’s 100-metre butterfly final on Friday.

Runner-up Chad Le Clos (L) and winner Micahel Phelps after they swam in the men’s 100 metres butterfly final on 3 August, 2012, at the London Olympic Games. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SA Sports Picture Agency.

LONDON - South African swimmer Chad Le Clos on Friday won a silver Olympic medal in the men's 100-metre butterfly final at the London Games.

The 20-year-old pushed hard, but failed to beat the greatest Olympian of all time - American Michael Phelps.

Phelps won the race in 51.21 seconds, while Le Clos touched the wall at 51.44 seconds, tying in with Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia.

The American and South African showed great sportsmanship after their swim, as they laughed and appeared to be congratulating each other in the packed Aquatics Centre.

Le Clos' silver brings to four, the number of medals collected by Team South Africa so far.

On Tuesday, the Durbanite surprised spectators across the world when he claimed victory in Phelps' favourite event - the men's 200-metre butterfly final.

Meanwhile, Roland Schoeman competed in the men's 50-metre freestyle final and came in sixth place.

Khotso Mokoena will compete in the men's long-jump final event on Saturday evening, after he qualified with a jump of 8.02 metres on Friday evening.