Ever wondered what the fastest butterflier in the history of swimming looks like from an underwater view? Thanks to Chris Lundie’s team at TakeItLive, including cameraman John Schaefer, now you can see.
What this video, taken on Friday morning at the Santa Clara Grand Prix in the 100 fly, shows is that Phelps’ butterfly stroke is not a straight-back, double-armed freestyle that a lot of sprint butterfliers use. There is an “S” curve to it, though perhaps not as pronounced as many of us learned when we were age groupers.
Check out the video above, and watch tonight as Phelps looks to continue to swim well at the Santa Clara Grand Prix, with finals starting at 5PM Pacific Time.
Phelps qualified third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.99 and had the fastest time of the morning in the 100 butterfly at 52.57: the race shown in the video above.
Check out the recap of friday’s prelims here.