Michael Phelps’ 51.67 100 Fly Race Video, Plus Interview – 2014 Bulldog Grand Slam

  26 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | July 11th, 2014 | Club, Featured, International, News, Video

Swimmming News / Swimming video courtesy of Shanda Crowe

MENS 100 Butterfly – FINALS - as reported by SwimSwam

“Stagnant” doesn’t feel like the right word for Michael Phelps’ performances so far in the 100 fly since returning to competition in April at the Mesa Grand Prix. The connotation of the word doesn’t feel right for a swimmer ranked top 10 in the world this year. But his times up until Friday had been flat. In his three Grand Prix meets, he’s been 52.13, 52.13, and 52.11. Today in Athens, he broke through with a 51.67: a statement swim by all accounts. That puts Phelps 2nd in the world so far this year, and makes him faster than any American swimmer he’s going to have to face at Nationals next month.

Ryan Lochte, who beat Phelps the last time they raced head-to-head in this event in Mesa, was 2nd in 53.08 – not looking nearly the same as he did in Mesa. As encouraging as Phelps’ performance is, Lochte’s is equally unnerving for American fans. With Nationals only three weeks away, a 53.0 is going to be a tough time to build on.

Queens University swimmer and NCAA Division II National Champion, Matthew Josa, fininshed 3rd in 53.64. Geoff Cheah, in one of his better swims since joining Club Wolverine a few months ago, was 4th in 53.67. Cheah’s time was just off Tim Phillips B-final winning time of 53.64. Caeleb Dressel took 2nd in the “B” final in 54.41. That’s an in-season best for him.

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  1. swimzlazy says:

    I’ve always wondered why Phelps decides to take out his 100’s so slow in the past. Regardless of his performance tonight, him and Bob need to realize that the under waters in events like the 100 are not nearly as beneficial as they are in a 200 race and above. The speed and momentum that these guys get off their 100 turns make up for their mediocre under-waters.

    I’m more interested to see how Phelps does in the 100 back tomorrow. Looking at the olympic schedule of events and his limited ability to recover between races as he could in ’04 and ’08, the piece fits perfectly into the puzzle.

    Not only that, if he was able to get a gold or even a silver in an event he never swam at a previous international competition would only further his legacy. I think Phelps at next olympics should do the 4 x 100 free relay, 4 x 200 free relay, 200 fly, 100 back, 100 fly, 200 IM.

    I know he says there’s zero chance he’ll swim the 200 fly, but give it some time, the olympics is 2 years away. He said the same thing about the 400 IM back in 2010.

    • easyspeed says:

      Swimlazy: I don’t think Phelps “decides” to take 100s out slow. It just seems that way because he is a distance swimmer (slow twitch, etc) but still good enough to win 100s. He isn’t good at 50s and has relatively slow turns. But, while the true sprinters are running out of gas at the end, Phelps is just hitting his stride. Fun to watch his 100s because he is always in last place at the 50.

    • Hippo-ki says:

      You forgot the 4×100 medley relay. I want to see Phelps in this relay too.
      100 fly, 200 fly, 100 free, 100 back, 200 IM plus all 3 relays would be good enough for Rio Olympics.
      Gosh, only Michael Phelps can make me think of a ‘crazy’ schedule like this. Don’t blame me though.

      And surely, I’m going to get a few copies of ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’ with Phelps as the cover model of course. LOL
      Way to go, Michael! <3


      forget about Phelps in the 200 butterfly . He clarified that weeks ago on Mel’s intervieuw . wake up , this is not M Phelps of the past but from 2014 . Cheers

    • just sayin says:

      Priceless that your giving the worlds fastest 100 flyer, and probably one of the greatest coaches in the sport advice. just sayin, I think they know.

      • swimzlazy says:

        I beg to differ about Bowman being one of the best coaches. Sure he’s great, but I think he fell into some luck by mentoring a natural phenom like Phelps.

        I think the best coach in the U.S. is Salo at USC. Mainly because of his proven success at turning multiple swimmers great from a young age when he was with NOVA Aquatics. I don’t really want to get into the other reasons.

    • aswimfan says:

      The difference between him saying he would never swim 400 IM in 2010 and he will never swim 200 fly again is this:
      the 400 IM in London afforded him the chance to threepeat.
      200 fly in London will not.

      He is not going to swim 200 fly.

  2. Kylecw says:

    And then he got fourth. Who know, maybe he would have gone a few one hundredths faster in the 200 fly if he didn’t do that race. It’s funny when someone critiques the strategy of the man who threepeated in the 100 fly and the man who coached him.

    • swimzlazy says:

      Exactly, your’e pointing out a mistake that Bob and Michael made yourself by saying he could have gone faster if he hadn’t swam the 400 IM. I was very surprised they decided to swim the 400 myself.

      I think he should definitely swim the 100 back at nationals just to see how he compares with the rest of the field. If he doesn’t make it, he doesn’t make it – so what. I think the only reason he would not swim the 100 back is to conserve himself for the 200 IM the last day (not a walk in the park to place top 2 when you add Kaliz and Dwyer to the mix with Lochte now).

  3. Lane Four says:

    Michael’s 100 fly was smoooooth. Very very nice race. We finally are seeing the old Michael as he gets rid of more of the rust. A little more time and he is going to be awesome.


      very smoooth and getting more momentum on the back half ! His ending could be slightly ajusted to get a few 10’s off . Excellent race !

  4. easyspeed says:

    BOOM! And the doubters say: *crickets*

  5. bobo gigi says:

    Thanks for the video.

    Great race from MP!
    Already 51.67 in his comeback year, untapered!
    What a genius!

  6. bobo gigi says:

    And talking about his possible line-up next month or until Rio, I’m more and more a fan of the 3 relays and 2 individual races.
    No more 200 meter races in individual, even IM. Too long for him now.
    All for sprint!
    100 fly of course and the second event would be either the 100 free or the 100 back.
    I’m waiting with much excitement his 100 back today.
    I would like to see him try that event, at least in Irvine. For fun.
    5 events in Rio. At least 4 serious gold medal chances.
    I’m sure he has the little goal in mind to reach 20 olympic gold medals. :)
    GO MP! 😎

    • Lennart van Haaften says:

      I tend to agree with taking on only 100 meter events individually, but 2 years is a long time. I think his choices should also depend on his gold medal chances in the events. The 200 IM may be wide open by 2016 if Lochte declines a bit and Hagino and others don’t break 1.54.50 or even 1.55. Too early to tell. For Pan Pacs, I think he should focus on 100’s only individually. I’d love for him to qualify for the 100 back or free and maybe win his first international medal in one of those events.

    • aswimfan says:

      I agree with you that IMHO Phelps best schedule would be 3 relays, 100 fly and another 100 race (free or back).
      However, as someone have replied to me before: who am I to give advice to Phelps and Bowman? 😀

      The 200 IM will give Phelps the chance to fourpeat though, so I think he’ll swim that one.

  7. Rafael says:

    I think he will focus on 100, 200 free for relays only.. That I agree with Bobo

    Tough to qualify on 100 back… will be tough 100 free too.. and medal tougher.. Mcevoy, Adrian, Magnussen, Morozov, Santana.. I bet a 47,5 won´t even medal at Rio.. He may medal on those at Pan Pacs.. but tough to say at Worlds and OG..


      exactly : 100 back in Usa trials is probably one of the toughest race to qualify for ; too many guys out there with great skills and training . This doesn’t mean Michael can’t do it of course …
      100 free looks more reasonable to qualify for but as u said on the international level , they are a bunch of very tough 100 free racers to compete with for a medal .

  8. Diana says:

    That 2nd 50 was just RUDE! 😉

  9. Lazy Observer says:

    Question: ESPN references a 51:44 by Thomas Dal in the Belgian Open this year, but swimswam and swimvortex only reference the 51.60 by Viacheslav Prudnikov. What am I missing?

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly.As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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