The game face of the world’s most successful Olympian, Michael Phelps, has been trending on Twitter all day under hashtag #PhelpsFace. It seemed to be sparked by Chad le Clos being relaxed and fooling around while Phelps was trying to concentrate on an upcoming race.
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) August 9, 2016
The two men are due to race against each other again in one of swimming’s big rivalries in the 200m butterfly final, to be held in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Le Clos returned to the pool later in the session after winning a silver medal in the 200m freestyle, to qualify fourth fastest for touching the wall in 1:55.19.
The defending champion in the event, Le Clos will turn out in a rematch against the American legend Phelps, who was second quickest in 1:54.12.
— Candace Campos (@CandaceNews6) August 9, 2016
People have been trying to mimic what the internet is also calling Phelps’ “death stare”.
Chad le Clos stunned the majority of the line-up in the men’s 200m freestyle final in the early hours of Tuesday morning (SA time), earning South Africa’s second silver medal at the Rio Olympics.
The 24-year-old swimmer, who is better known for his butterfly exploits, the stroke in which he earned two medals at the 2012 London Games, had been written off by many as a potential medallist after qualifying seventh fastest from the semifinals.
— Debi Starr ★†★ (@DebiMenze) August 9, 2016
Diving in from lane one, he discarded his usual approach of starting cautiously and chasing down his opponents, instead getting off to an explosive start and covering the first 50m in a remarkable 23.39 seconds.
He retained the lead at the final turn of the four-length race, and though he was caught by Chinese favourite Sun Yang, he held on to touch the wall in second place, setting a new SA record of 1:45.20.
Yang tore ahead in the closing stages to win gold in 1:44.65.
Should Le Clos step on the podium again, he will become South Africa’s most decorated Olympian with four career medals.
And the evil face Phelps made at him will then possibly be even worse!
Here are some of the wittiest #PhelpsFace tweets.
— mikeschaffer (@mikeschaffer) August 9, 2016
— ⭐LVNG⭐ (@LVNGboi) August 9, 2016
— Anthony Ingruber (@AnthonyIngruber) August 9, 2016
— Fletch Jr. (@DustynGiebel) August 9, 2016
— AbortedNews (@AbortedNews) August 9, 2016
— Nieto Phelps® (@MrTonitas) August 9, 2016