Michael Phelps misses the wall in 100 free at US Nationals – Video Interview

Video Interview – MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS

100 free final – as reported by SwimSwam:

With 7 US Olympians in the final of the men’s 100 freestyle, you knew it was going to be close. Flipping first at the 50 is Nathan Adrian at 22.8, with Ervin at 22.9. Nathan Adrian worked his way into the finish to win the race with a time of 48.31. Ryan Lochte reached in from Lane 8 to finish second with his time of 48.96. Jimmy Feigen was just behind Lochte at 48.98. Conor Dwyer secured the final Pan Pac roster spot with his time of 49.06.

Anthony Ervin finished in fifth at 49.08, followed by Matt Grevers in sixth at 49.12. Michael Phelps was .4 seconds slower than he was this morning. He reached in to finish seventh. Seth Stubblefield finished in 8th place with his time of 49.34.

In a very close race, Jack Conger reached in to win the B-final of the men’s 100 freestyle with his time of 49.28. Darian Townsend finished second in his first meet as an American citizen with his time of 49.53.

Blake Pieroni from Indiana University Swim Team and Townley Haas from NOVA of Virginia tied to win the C-final of the men’s 100 freestyle. They both touched the wall at 49.69.

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We Love Phelps
7 years ago

dear coach…
for the sake of team USA please please please put MP on the 4×100 free relay! 😀

bobo gigi
7 years ago

I didn’t like at all that race but I love that picture of Mr Phelps! 😆

We Love Phelps
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

haha… samezies! 😀

johnny
7 years ago

must be the goggles. new inexperienced company. interesting.

We Love Phelps
Reply to  johnny
7 years ago

nope, Phelps can swim w/o the goggles too… remember that 2fly race in Beijing?
his new Aqua Sphere goggles looks cool to me. 😀

Sven
Reply to  We Love Phelps
7 years ago

true. To be fair, though, free or back stroke counts are a tad more variable than fly or breast. Still, not good to miss the wall on your first race repping a new brand 😀

coacherik
Reply to  johnny
7 years ago

Clearly it is an equipment issue….. Nothing to do with the swimmer misjudging the turn at all. Aqua Sphere should just close up shop.

Charlii Jean
7 years ago

What are you people talking about, the goggles have nothing to do with it. His lack of experience in the free and trying to race a sprint when he has always been a mid-length swimmer combined with taking 2 years off is the problem. It’s just now that he is back down to fighting weight and when you consider that it wasn’t but 8 or 9 months ago when he decided to start training again to see what happens. I think Michael is doing just fine.

aswimfan
Reply to  Charlii Jean
7 years ago

It wasnt 8 or 9 months ago that Phelps decided to come back.

Charlii Jean
Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

If I recall correctly without having to scour the internet for old interviews, Bob said it was in November/December when Michael started showing up to practice regularly and it was around January that he decided to compete in Arizona just to see what happens. So it was 10 months ago now, he has only been back in competition (taking it seriously) for 4 months. I modify my statement, Michael is doing phenomenal. Of course that’s not how the general public will see it.

Luigi
7 years ago

I think I have been hearing MP talking about his troubles with the turns since the 2 years before the London Olympics. And not just freestyle turns or sprint event turns, but turns in general.

Charlii Jean
Reply to  Luigi
7 years ago

I have theory on his turns, no proof just observation because I pay too much attention to Phelps than any one should. I think he simply can’t see the wall as well as he used too. I say that because I have noticed that while he still wears his glasses sometimes, it’s more than before. If he has depth perception problems (and given some of his car accidents I really do wonder) being underwater is going to make it worse. I have noticed that he doesn’t completely plant his feet on the wall and while his turns have always been his week spot it has gotten worse since Beijing. I think his comment about thinking he was closer to wall… Read more »

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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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