Michael Phelps owned the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic titles in the event.
Michael Phelps tied for the silver medal in the 100m butterfly, his much-hyped last individual race of these Rio Games, and possibly ever.
Phelps, South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh – the event’s juggernauts for the past two Olympiads – were beat to the wall by Joseph Schooling of Singapore, who raced to 50.39 and set a new Olympic record.
The silver medalists stopped the clock at 51.14.
The other American man in the field, Tom Shields, finished seventh in a time of 51.73. Shields made his Olympic debut in Rio and swam in the 200m butterfly and preliminary leg of the 4x100m medley relay. He’ll be eligible for a medal, should Saturday’s squad earn one.