— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) August 9, 2016
Talk about a game face!
Michael Phelps can now add Internet meme to his long list of accomplishments, after his hilarious death stare aimed at rival Chad le Clos went viral. Watch the simultaneously awkward and hilarious moment in the video above!
The 31-year-old swimmer was captured grimacing and snarling at the South African competitor, who was dancing and shadowboxing in front of him before their big race at the Rio Olympic Games on Monday night, August 8.
Commentators couldn’t help but laugh, comparing his angry twitches to those of "a growling dog."
Now his grumpy face has gone viral. Us Weekly has selected some of the funniest fan reactions.
— Andrew Hunt (@Mr_AndrewHunt) August 9, 2016
— Ello Raymond (@elloelloraymond) August 9, 2016
Michael Phelps angry is Eli Manning normal. pic.twitter.com/uUwR8Fmav9
— Bobby Atkinson (@BobbyAtkinson) August 9, 2016
— darth:™ (@darth) August 9, 2016
— Sue Hovey (@SueHovey) August 9, 2016
— Amanda Patrick (@AmandaSellers22) August 9, 2016
— hehateme2012 (@hehateme2012) August 9, 2016
— Sagnik (@CurryConfed) August 9, 2016
Phelps addressed le Clos’ pregame tactics after the semifinal heat for the men’s 200m butterfly, saying: "Everyone has their own race strategy. If that's his, that's his.”
Le Clos famously snatched gold from Phelps in the same event at the 2012 Olympics.
This year’s semifinal results saw Hungarian Tamás Kenderesi come in first, Phelps second, and le Clos third.
The final will take place on Wednesday, August 10.