Michael Phelps doesn’t mess about when it comes to the Olympics.
After all, the American swimmer is the most decorated Olympian of all time and possesses double the amount of gold medals as his closest rival. 19 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes is simply an unassailable tally.
Rio 2016 may mark the end of Phelps’ career at the quadrennial tournament, but he’s determined to go out on a high. Such levels of concentration have been exemplified by his ‘game-face’ that has taken Twitter by storm.
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Despite announcing his retirement after the 2012 Olympics, the 31-year-old went back on his decision just two years later and embarked on the road to Rio.
While many doubted his ability to return for a fifth Olympic games, Phelps has already quelled such fears with a nineteenth gold. Besides, this is the man who bagged eight golds and eight world records in eight days in 2008.
Another event the Baltimore-born juggernaut is attempting to master once again is the 200m butterfly. However, it proved a raced that Phelps lost four years ago to South Africa’s Chad le Clos.
With the same duo once again locking horns in Brazil, the pair were seen waiting together for their semi finals in the event.
The rivals’ pre-race routines were certainly contrasting. While Le Clos is seen swinging his arms and walking around, Phelps remains seated and dons a ‘death stare’.
This look in particular, from the Olympics’ greatest, has triggered a rapid influx of memes and remarks. Here are the pick of the tweets:
Phelps seems unable to avoid the limelight even if his latest publicity prompt is rather uncharacteristic.
Moreover, it won’t be long before Le Clos and Phelps face-off in the pool as opposed to out of it. Just 200m will serve to separate the energetic South African and the steely determined veteran.
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