#PhelpsFace: South Africans Rally Around Le Clos As Americans Throw Shade


Olympic swimmers Chad le Clos and Michael Phelps have set the internet ablaze with their heated long-term rivalry.

A trip down memory lane took us to when it all began.

It was during the London 2012 games when Chad Le Clos surprised the swimming fraternity and the world by beating swimming god Michael Phelps to the podium.

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Le Clos, who beat Phelps by 0.05 seconds in 2012 stopped the most decorated Olympian of all time from sweeping up his third gold in a row

However, the feud between the Olympians became the talk of Twitter town when a video of swimmers getting ready for a swim was released. It was the first time viewers got a look at the call room ahead of the competition.

The video footage showed Le Clos shadowboxing in front of American swimming god, Michael Phelps. But, what made the video a must watch was the death stare on Phelps’ face.

In fact, if looks could burn, then our boy Le Clos would have been a heap of ashes by now.

Meanwhile, the internet didn’t miss the opportunity to throw some shades and poke fun at both Le Clos and Phelps.

The video went viral and soon gave birth to the #PhelpsFace hashtag.

Subsequently, the squabble spilled out on to Twitter streets, with South Africans coming out in full force to support Le Clos.

When Phelps won the race, Americans threw massive shade to our Chad. They mocked that; “the death stare worked after all.”

Michael Phelps

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However, trust South Africans to take up a challenge anytime. They dared the Americans to come to SA if they have something to say and see what happens.

Micheal Phelps

Michael Phelps

Le Clos won the silver medal in the men’s 200m freestyle.