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

  26 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | July 11th, 2014 | Club, 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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Lazy Observer

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?

Lazy Observer – that’s actually the AP’s report. I got nervous when I saw it too, and it’s in FINA’s database, but I think it’s an error.

Here’s results for the 100 fly at the Begium Open:

There’s a Belgian swimmer named Thomas Dal, but he’s never been under a minute in the 100 fly.

Also, Belgium has updated their National Records since that swim, and didn’t include it in their update (it would’ve been a new record):

Lazy Observer

Thanks, Braden!

That 2nd 50 was just RUDE! 😉

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 .


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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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