Michael Phelps 100 Butterfly Post Race Video Interview – 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa

Swimming video capture & edit via Gold Medal Mel Stewart

2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa – MEN’S 100 Butterfly reported by Braden Keith

So the storybook version of the men’s 100 fly final in Michael Phelps’ big comeback didn’t go exactly according to plan, but afterall, it’s sort of Ryan Lochte’s comeback too. Neither swimmer lept out to a big lead at the turn, and neither is really want to do so in their ideal race, Coming off of the turn, however, Lochte took command and opened up about a half-a-body length lead.

But Phelps showed the fight we all know in him, that fight that caused him to be so great as much as his talent, and with Lochte tightening up a little in the last 15 meters, Phelps made it a close race.

Lochte, however, had juts enough left for the last couple of strokes, winning in 51.93 – a time that ranks him 2nd in the world so far this year. Phelps took 2nd in 52.13.

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I’m surprised with Lochte’s time
Not many times in his career he’s gone sub 52

Answer – Marsh

bobo gigi

Not surprised at all.
Already in Orlando he showed something had changed.
He has now such a different training at SwimMAC.
Great move for him.
How can you compare his performances with the years he swam 246 000 yards per day with Gregg Troy?
He has a sprint oriented training now and we must get used to seeing swim fast in-season.
He swims fresh now at the Grand Prix meets.

I think that training with Swimmac Team Elite under David Marsh is what made the difference

bobo gigi

Congrats Michael! What a comeback! I know you hate losing but 52.13 in your first meet since August 2012 is a giant performance. I don’t know if you want to continue until Rio but if yes, here are a few advises Train specifically for the 100 fly. Focus on that event. Train for sprint. Take a little more strength. Work some little technical parts of the race. I remarked that your approach before the turn wasn’t ideal. Too bad I don’t have the necessary vocabulary to talk about that but it looks like one more stroke would have been useful. You lost time just before the turn. Have fun. And you could surprise us again with very very very fast… Read more »

Steve Nolan

Didn’t notice how bad his turn was until he mentioned it above – oddly enough, it was like, the opposite of his horrible turns in London. He jammed pretty much every. single. turn at that meet.

bobo gigi

USA Swimming, I’m not going to complain as many swim fans do it too often. We, swim fans from all over the world, have the possibility to watch the Grand Prix meets, the US junior nationals and the US championships live and free. Many thanks for that. If only all the big swimming federations could provide that service, it would be very good. What? I talk about France here? My only request is just a little request. But always the same since last summer. It doesn’t cost you anything. Please, post the finals of each meet you broadcast on your youtube channel, race by race, as you did it until last summer. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCznRyLyXK9QWHs05PK2MGBQ It was so simple to find a… Read more »


agreed.. they can almost certainly get a few interns for free… or at worst 8 dollars an hour to do this


It may have to do with Universal Sports buying video rights to USA Swimming events?

The problem for us international viewers is that universal sports block non US viewers from watching them…


Look, I’m not promoting piracy of any kind and it’s possible this comment will be deleted, but Universal Sports puts some of the races on YouTube. Google unblock and youtube and VOILA, you’ll find the way to watch swimming. I hate that we have to act like thieves to watch some decent swimming. Really unacceptable.

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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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