Michael Phelps' Post-Race Finger-Wag Is Giving Twitter #Goals

After Phelps took gold on Tuesday in the 200-meter butterfly, he threw his pointer finger in the air

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When Phelps took gold on Tuesday in the 200-meter butterfly (by 4/100ths of a second!) he celebrated his victory with a gesture that has become very familiar at the 2016 Rio Games – the finger wag.

U.S. swimmer Lilly King first demonstrated the move following the women’s 100-meter breaststroke semifinals on Sunday. The athlete finger-wagged Russian competitor Yulia Efimova – who failed a doping test earlier this year – after Efimova finished first in her heat.

“You’re shaking your finger number one and you’ve been caught for drug cheating. I’m just not a fan,” King told NBC at the time.

On Tuesday, Phelps followed suit after winning his 20th gold medal.

When the 31-year-old raised his pointer finger to the air, waving it back and forth, the crowd (including fiancée Nicole Johnson and son Boomer) responded with a resounding “Oooh!”

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And social media fans couldn’t get enough of the sassy gesture.

We’re betting Dikembe Mutombo is very, very proud of Team USA’s (finger-wagging) performance at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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