LONDON — Three weeks ago, Tyler Clary told his hometown newspaper in Riverside, Calif., that Michael Phelps had been skating along on talent alone and was pretty much asking to get beaten.
Clary also said it would be “complete satisfaction” when it would be he, Clary, doing the beating.
Mr. Clary — if indeed you do the beating in the 200-meter Olympic butterfly final, you will have earned every bit of that trash-talking.
If not, you’ll always have that preliminary swim Monday morning, when you finished ahead of Phelps by 74-hundredths of a second, a couple lanes away. The two head into Monday night’s semifinal seeded second and fifth, respectively.
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