Le Clos won his heat in 51.54 seconds; Phelps took his heat in 51.72 as he tries to become the first male swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics.
Michael Phelps opened defense of his Olympic title in the 200-meter butterfly with the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the preliminaries on Monday.
Frederick County officials say volunteers have planted one and a half acres of wildflowers in memory of a Middletown woman and her three young children killed by her husband in 2009.
Michael Phelps stole the show again on Sunday, handily winning the 100-meter butterfly at the Canada Cup.
Michael Phelps knew rival Ryan Lochte wasn’t in the pool, so all he had to swim for was a good final time and a $10 iTunes gift card.