Michael Phelps ties Spitz record with 7th Gold medal
Phelps has done it. On Saturday in Beijing, he slightly outreached his fingertips beyond Serbian Milorad Cavic to win the 100 meter butterfly. His finishing time was 50.58, which was .01 better than Cavic. It appeared as if Cavic was going to win the race, but Phelps dragged another half stroke before slamming his fingers against the wall, just seconds ahead. Cavic’s coach filed an official protest with the FINA officials. The swimiming officials reviewed the race frame by frame and it was clear that Phelps was the winner. Tomorrow, Michael will go for his 8th and final Gold medal in the 4×100 medley relay. Scroll down to see Phelps’ 7 different races and how he timed in each of them:
Men’s 400 meter individual medley – 4:03.84, World Record
Men’s 400 meter freestyle relay – 3:08.24, World Record
Men’s 200 meter freestyle – 1:42.96, World Record
Men’s 200 meter butterfly – 1:52.03, World Record
Men’s 4×200 meter freestyle relay – 6:58.56, World Record
Men’s 4×200 meter medley relay – 1:54.23, World Record
Men’s 100 meter butterfly – 50.58, Olympic Record
One has to asked the question, does Michael Phelps stand for the greatest athlete of all time award? There are many who would argue that yes, he would. Others would say that swimming is not a sport, and still others who say an individual sport doesn’t count when compared to baseball, football, etc. He certainly carries the work ethic – 4-5 hours a day in practice, 10,000 calories a day for food, etc. The other element that makes Phelps different is there are only 2 competitions that really count, the World Championships, and the Olympics. Phelps doesn’t have any room for error, and he has exerted his dominance over the rest of the swimmers. Beyond that, there is a human element to his greatness: he is poised and appears humble. Phelps doesn’t look like anything special. Pass him on the street, and you may think he is a computer programmer or a member of the geek squad at Best Buy. Who would’ve thought that underneath Phelp’s shell there is a champion?
All of the eyes will be on him tomorrow as he goes for the record. If he doens’t get it, he still has the thrill of tying a record for one olympics, and having the record for most individual medals overall in the Olympics. Enjoy tomorrow’s race, as Phelps attempts history.