Someone finally beats the most decorated Olympian of all time, meanwhile Ireland's Chloe Magee has her Olympic dream end in disappointment
Michael Phelps closed out his Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the early hours of this morning with a result not many had anticipated.
Joseph Schooling of Singapore, a rising junior and all-American swimmer at Texas, shocked the world as he clinched the gold medal of the 100m butterfly ahead of the most decorated Olympian of all time.
The 21-year-old's victory was faster than any of Phelps' times in the events over the past four Olympic Games.
"As a kid I wanted to be like him," Schooling said afterwards, "It’s crazy to think of what happens in eight years... A lot of this is because of Michael. He’s the reason I wanted to be a better swimmer."
Moreover, Phelps wasn't alone in collecting his silver medal, with South Africa's Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary claiming a second position in an unprecedented three-way tie for a silver.
Just the three silvers and a gold medal last night in the final of the 100m butterfly. Image: Michael Sohn / AP/Press Association Images
Elsewhere, the curtain closed on Ireland's Chloe Magee last night as she was beaten by German Karin Schnaase.
The Donegal native was beaten 21-14, 21-19 to make it a second consecutive defeat for the 27-year-old and ended her Olympic dream.
Ireland's hockey team were also eliminated last night from the men's competition after a narrow defeat to Argentina.