Michael Phelps was dejected despite making Olympics history Tuesday.
Phelps led his signature race, the 200-meter butterfly. from the start until the last few meters, appearing to be ready to become the first man to win an individual event in three consecutive Olympics.
But just as Phelps glided into the finish, South African Chad le Clos, a 20-year-old whose idol was swimming in the lane right next to him, cranked one last big stroke to edge his hero Phelps at the wall.
It reminded swimming commentators of Phelps' 100-meter butterfly win at the Beijing Games when he took a quick final stroke as Serbian Milorad Cavic stretched for the wall. This time it was Phelps who was caught reaching.
After the race, the shocked Phelps put his face in his hands.
Still, with a silver medal Phelps tied Larisa Latynina wih 18 total medals, the all-time best mark for an Olympian.
And there was still the 4x200-meter relay later, where Phelps was expected to break the medals record with the dominant American team.
Phelps has now won 14 golds, two silvers and two bronze medals in four Olympics.