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

  22 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | April 25th, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, Featured, International, News, Video

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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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2 years 6 months ago

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

2 years 6 months ago

Answer – Marsh

bobo gigi
2 years 5 months ago

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.

2 years 5 months ago

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

bobo gigi
2 years 5 months ago

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 times.

I’m totally crazy!
I give advice and make recommendations to the greatest swimmer of all-time! 🙄
😆 😆 😆 😆

Steve Nolan
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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? :mrgreen:

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.
It was so simple to find a race and watch it on demand.
When we can’t watch live because it’s during the night in other countries or simply because we want to watch again a race in particular, it’s very nice
Thank you.

Mel, can you spread the word to the American swimming federation?
I’m sure you are enough influential to convince them. 🙂

2 years 5 months ago

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

2 years 5 months ago

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…

2 years 5 months ago

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.

2 years 5 months ago

2016 Rio MP Predictions
Michaels pb in the 200 I’M is a 1.54.16 and obviously he wants to be sub 1.54.

100 fly. He wants to swim sub 50 in the 100 fly again in a textile suit which I think is possible.

The challenge for a four pheat is what drives him and he’s got two chances.

He won’t swim the 200 fly or the 200 free but will be a part of the 4x 200fr relay

He will also be a part of the 4x 100 free and 4×100 Medley relay

I think he will be able to swim sub 50 100fly in the medley relay. And put down a 47 low for the freestyle relay.

2 years 5 months ago

Yeah, sounds pretty accurate on the events to me. I feel like he might want to do one more individual event, I can’t think what though 😛 but with two individuals and three relays, thats already not a light schedule.

I would have to disagree on the times though. I will be very surprised if he goes under 50 in the 100 fly. I do think he has a better chance to go under 1:54 in the 200 IM though, but I think another 1:54 is more likely. Hagino is gonna give Lochte and Phelps and hard time there. And I’m thinking more along the lines of a high 47 in the 4×100 free relay.

2 years 5 months ago

I disagree.

For older swimmers, it is easier to match their PB, or even get faster than their PBs, in shorter distances than in longer distances.

So I think Phelps has better chance to swim 50mid or low (which would be his textile PB) in 100 fly than sub 1:54 in 200 IM.

2 years 5 months ago

Thoes are some pretty fast predictions I am hesitant to say he can do it but I am also hesitant to say he can’t. As cheesy as it sounds, having fun (which he has said about a dozen times) definitely makes a difference. Based purely off my memory, it seemed MP was always pretty serious after a race in London even after a win. I think his “new” approach to training and swimming could be the small push he needs to get some Personal Bests/World Records.

2 years 5 months ago

Great swims for Phelps and Lochte and great for the sport..

Ok, does anyone know what the “o” hat is for? I assume a sponsor?

2 years 5 months ago

Probably the Orioles.

2 years 5 months ago

Looked like an Oregon Ducks hat

2 years 5 months ago

Yeah I agree that both Lochte and Hagino will be tough competition. I think if Phelps focuses a lot on speed he can pop a good 47.5 or below with a relay start. In Beijing he was a 47.51 leadoff start with a suit and in London i belive he swam a 47.7 or 47.8 in a relay start so he definetly has potential.

Bobo Gigi: the O cap I think is the Baltimore Orioles Baseball team

2 years 5 months ago

47.15 in London.

2 years 5 months ago

I thought it was an Orioles cap?

2 years 5 months ago

Thanks LiquidAssets and Morrow3 you maybe right.. it looked to be a different color and didn’t seem to be the type of “O” the Orioles use but of course very well could be..
UA does not have the Baltimore Buillet t shirts for sale on the web yet.. they should get them out quick:)

2 years 5 months ago

He went 47.15 with a flying start in London. That was while training for the 400 im and already having swum it in the meet. Getting down to his Beijing lead off of 47.51 seems possible if he’s fresh and focusing on sprinting.


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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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