Michael Phelps Agitated Even As He Beats Spitz’ Record. Takes GOLD in 200M Butterfly!!


Michael Phelps
was about to take away Mark Spitz record as the most decorated Gold medalist in history. Spitz’ record has held for 36 years! And it would take a miracle swimmer like Phelps to do it.

Phelps was ahead at the first turn and in perfect form, but the turn was not crisp and allowed Burmester of New Zealand to take the lead, but that lead didn’t last long. By the end of 100 Meters, Phelps had returned to the front of the pack.

Phelps was chasing the world record at the final turn. And Burmester from New Zealand was somewhat close, but no one could touch Michael as he made Olympic History with a new World Record and the Gold!

Phelps actually appeared disappointed despite making history taking his 10th career Olympic Gold medal. Why? Because Michael wanted to break 1:52, and he did not make it. A World Record was not enough for Phelps!!

Phelps is now only one medal away from tying Spitz for total medals. In less than one hour, Michael would have his chance to do it.

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What Michael Phelps is About to do… And by Golly He did!!

Here are all of Mark Spitz’s medals from the 1968 and 1972 Olympics:

* 1968 — 4×100 m freestyle relay Gold

* 1968 — 4×200 m freestyle relay Gold

* 1968 — 100 m butterfly Silver

* 1968 — 100 m freestyle Bronze

* 1972 — 100 m butterfly Gold

* 1972 — 100 m freestyle Gold

* 1972 — 200 m butterfly Gold

* 1972 — 200 m freestyle Gold

* 1972 — 4×100 m freestyle relay Gold

* 1972 — 4×100 m medley relay Gold

* 1972 — 4×200 m freestyle relay Gold

Michael Phelps current standing in Beijing 20008 Olympics:

So far: Eight finals, Eight gold medals, Seven world records, One Olympic Record.

His Events:

200m free- won Gold, Aug. 12

100m fly- won Gold, Aug.15

200m fly- won Gold, Aug. 12

200m IM- won Gold Aug. 15

400m IM- won Gold, Aug. 10

4x100m free relay- won Gold, Aug.11 with Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak, and Garrett Weber-Gale

4x200m free relay – won Gold, Aug. 12 with Peter VanderKaay

4x100m medley relay- won Gold with Aaron Peirsol, Jason Lezak, and Brendan Hansen

Buy the latest issue of Sports illustrated, Michael Phelps on the cover! August 25, 2008 issue!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GREATEST SWIMMER IN THE WORLD!! Thank you for making history!!

US Dominates Swimming: Peirsol, Coughlin, Phelps Make Olympic History

Swimming was big last night

Oh Say Can You See, Olympic History, US Takes 1 and 3!! Coughlin Takes GOLD in Women’s 100M Backstroke

The 100 Meter Backstroke saw Natalie Coughlin and Kirsty Coventry likely to be in a tight race. Coughlin broke out beautifully and took a strong lead early.

Coughlin was off strong, and well ahead of Coventry, but was drawing near the lane line and needed to center herself. Coughlin turned strong holding the lead and still looked to be well in front by about 2/3 of a body length, but we have seen how in prior races that can dissipate quickly.

Halfway through the final lap you could clearly see Coughlin drifting. And the rest of the pack started to catch up. Coventry was making her push for Gold and Coughlin was just inches ahead.

At the touch, Coughlin TAKES THE GOLD!!! Coventry of Zimbabwe took the Silver and Coughlin’s US teammate Margaret Holzer took the Bronze!!!

Two more US Medals. “Oh Say Can You SEEEEEE!!!!” Olympic HISTORY! Coughlin is the first ever to defend the title successfully in the Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke in Olympic History!

Phelps Makes Olympic Medal History, Wins Men’s 200M Freestyle for GOLD!

Phelps broke out to the lead early with a strong leap into the pool and reached the turn first, but was under his record pace.

Phelps had a body length lead on the second turn, and was looking stronger as he progressed. Phelps passed World Record Pace just before the last turn, and following the turn was a full second under with 40 meters left. Not one racer in the pool was close.

Phelps was going for a World Record all the way and touched at 1:42.96 almost a full second ahead of the World Record. Peter VanderKaay of the US touched third for the Bronze.

Phelps now has 9 golds and 11 total medals in the Olympics. One more, and he will be the new record holder of total medals.

In 1972, Mark Spitz took 7 Golds. He has held that record now for 36 years. Phelps could break that record as well and has 3 Golds so far in this Olympics thanks to the heroic win of the US Relay Team in the Freestyle 4×100 Meter race.

Soni!!! No Bologna!!! USA’s Rebecca Soni takes Silver in Women’s 100M Backstroke

This was clearly Leisel Jones race. Jones from Australia left little doubt throughout the race who was going to touch first.

But Rebecca Soni put in a spectacular performance to take the Silver. Soni is stronger in the longer distance. Could we be looking at a Soni GOLD???

Peirsol “Peirces” WORLD RECORD TO TAKE GOLD. US 1-2 in Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke

Peirsol got off to a weak start leaving Tancock ahead at the first turn, but Peirsol executed a great turn, and started to pour it on. Peirsol hasn’t lost this race in 7 years!! It wasn’t going to start today.

Peirsol surged to a WORLD RECORD at 53.54. Matt Grevers had an awesome swim and received the Silver!!!

One has to wonder, what could Peirsol have done if his start had been just a tad more crisp?

This American Team is amazing! Two more medals for the US. Keep ‘EM COMIN’!!

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USA Team Strikes GOLD over French Braggart in Men’s 4x100M Freestyle Relay


This was the most exciting race of the Olympic swimming events this year and possibly ever.  Michael Phelps led off for the US Swim Team.  The surprise at the start was Australia with a huge lead after the first turn.  A number of swimmers after the first leg were well ahead of the World Record.

Garrett Weber-Gale in his first Olympic swim jumped in for the second leg and took the lead.  The US remained in the lead with Cullen Jones swimming in the third leg, but France took it by the turn.

Going into the final leg, anchor man Jason Lezak jumped in the pool well behind.  It looked like the Frenchman Bernard was pulling away at the final turn.

Jason Lezak started to close with ½ of a lap to go and pulled off a miraculous finish to take the Gold for America!!  A clutch anchor swim we will remember forever.  The Frenchman Bernard had to eat his words from earlier in the day.

Lezak later said, “I’ve been on the last two relays, where we came up short, and to be honest with you, I was tired of losing.”

Bernard, the braggart Frenchman, blew the race in the final lap.  He had said earlier in the day, “The Americans?  We’re going to smash them.  That’s what we came for.”  He ate those words!!  Lezak, the US Team Captain, had much more heart and sportsmanship, and the US team destroyed the world record with a time of 3:08.24.

Better luck next time Bernard.

This keeps Phelps hopes for 8 gold medals in these Olympics alive.  He now has two!!

The sweetest part of this race was knowing the French were listening to the US National Anthem at the end.

WATCH THE HISTORIC and DRAMATIC WIN IN ITS ENTIRETY
INCLUDING THE AWARDING CEREMONY!

Michael Phelps Sets Olympic Record in 200M Butterfly

OK, here is the answer to those that felt Michael Phelps may have trouble coming down after that victory yesterday in the men’s freestyle relay.

Michael set an Olympic record at 1:53.70 easily disposing of the competition in this prelim heat.

Phelps is on target still, and with last nights miraculous win, he could be well on his way to making Spitz’s record a memory!

US Gets 2 Medals in 400 Meter Individual Medley!! PHELPS, GREVERS WORLD RECORD!!

Michael Phelps is an American hero that has not lost this medley in 6 years!! He calls this his toughest race. Michael won his first gold four years ago, and Phelps is more promising this year! They announce the contestants, and it sounds like Phelps will be challenged. Michael said before the event, “This race is so important because it sets the pace for the rest of the Olympics”. Indeed.

Phelps looked spectacular and after two laps was at a record pace. As he entered the backstroke, the US challenger Lochte looked strong and stole the lead. It was a horse race, all US.

Phelps kept it going and ended up in the lead at the end of Lochte’s strongest stroke, and as they went to the breast stroke. Lochte and Phelps were stride for stride, but Phelps started to pull away, and Phelps entered into the Freestyle in the lead. On the turn, Phelps had a full body length lead and was well ahead of the world record. Michael destroyed everyone. A new world’s record and no one was close!! Lochte of the US gets the Bronze!!

Career Olympic medal number 9! And Phelps sets a new world record at 4:03.84 in the 400 meter individual medley!!

Matt Grevers Sets Olympic Record in 100M Backstroke

Grevers broke to the lead on the first lap of the backstroke, but the turn had four swimmers in tight.

Grevers fought off everyone and cruised into the finish to make first touch in the Men’s 100M backstroke.

Grevers, at 6’8″, set a new Olympic record at 53.41, finishing first in the heat.

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