Phelps Anchors American Relay for First Gold Medal of Olympics

  301 Braden Keith | July 31st, 2012 | Featured, London 2012 Olympics, News, Previews & Recaps

Tonight’s 8th session of swimming in London puts us past the halfway mark of this meet, and we’ve still got Michael Phelps looking for his first gold medal; headed into this point in 2008, he already had three in his pocket and took two more in the session. He’ll get chances in both the 200 fly final and the 800 free final, and if he makes top three in both, then he will have earned more medals than any Olympian in history.

That 800 free isn’t expected to live up to the excitement of the 400, partially because of less hype, but with the French swimming as well as they ever have at an Olympics they might give the Americans a race. See the lineups for the two favorites here.

Other big finals include the women’s 200 free, where all 8 swimmers have a chance at gold, or last; and the women’s 200 IM final where China’s Shiwen Ye will be chasing another World Record

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Men’s 100 Free – Semi’s

Australia’s James Magnussen is back in his groove. Cleanly-shaven and perhaps humbled by his previous three swims in this meet, the prohibitive favorite swam very well in the first semi-final to take the top overall seed in 47.63. His teammate James Roberts couldn’t mirror his pick-me-up, and with a 48.57 is out of the final.

American Nathan Adrian, who has been good throughout this meet, broke 48 seconds for the first time in an individual swim with a 47.97 for the 2nd seed. Those are the only two under 48 seconds.

The third-seed overall might be a surprise, unless you’ve been paying very close attention for the last 9 months. Cuba’s Hanser Garcia, a 2011 Pan Am’s medalist, swam a 48.04 for the 3rd seed overall.

The Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Verschuren, often forgotten about despite finaling in this race last year, was just behind in 48.13, with Cesar Cielo, Brent Hayden, and Yannick Agnel all within two-tenths of that time.

The last finalist was Russia’s Nikita Lobintsev in 48.38, which is right on his best time of the season.

The brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser finished 15th and 16th, respectively.

Women’s 200 Free – Final

American Allison Schmitt did away with what was supposed to be a tight, tactical final by running away with this 200 free early, en route to a new Olympic and American Record of 1:53.61. She swam this race, in the middle-lane and center-stage, exactly how she wanted to: out in 55.38, but unlike Worlds last year didn’t give it back. She was the fastest in the final in both the third and fourth 50’s to take the win.

She took down the Olympic Record held by Federica Pellegrini of 1:54.82 in 2008, and the American Record that she set at Trials in 1:54.40.

If anybody were able to get that fast, speculation says it would’ve been 400 champion Camille Muffat of France, but she just couldn’t do anything after about the first 50 meters. She’ll settle for silver in 1:55.58, almost a second off of her season best. Australia’s Bronte Barratt, the top seed headed into these semifinals, was 3rd in 1:55.81. She again built this race and closed very well to overcome American Missy Franklin.

Franklin was denied her third medal by just .01 seconds, with a 1:55.82. Her focus this year seems to have really been on the backstrokes, so look for her to recover well in the 200 of that stroke. This time is actually slower than her world-leading mark in 2011, despite her obvious overall swimming improvements.

The rest of the field was well back, with Italy’s Federica Pellegrini 5th in 1:56.73, her second time in that position after winning two World titles last year. She was followed by Russia’s Veronika Popova (1:57.25), Britain’s Caitlin McClatchey (1:57.60), and Kylie Palmer (1:57.68).

Men’s 200 Fly – Final

A shot at history came up short in this men’s 200 fly, as Michael Phelps has once again been denied a gold medal. This time it was the young South African Chad le Clos who overtook the two-time defending champion, touching in 1:52.96 to Phelps’ 1:53.01 for a new African Record and his first ever.

Le Clos, just 20-years old, has had a lot of success in short course. He was the 2010 champion in this distance at the Short Course World Championships, and won the 2011 FINA World Cup Series. But this is by far his biggest achievement in long course (he did win the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold, but against a nearly invisible field).

His swim is a new African continental record, but most importantly gives him one of the biggest upsets of all time. Phelps, taking his 2nd silver of the meet, was denied from becoming the first man to ever win an event in three-straight Olympic Games. That’s the third time it’s been tried here in London, and the third time to come up short. Phelps was visibly frustrated after the race, and his cap could be seen flying about 5 meters across his lane after the race (though it wasn’t clear if it was intentional or simply the kinetic energy of a cap removed).

Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda continued his country’s dominance of the bronze medals by finishing 3rd in 1:53.21. Perhaps a dubious honor, that is Japan’s 5th bronze medal of the meet, which ties them with the Soviet Union for 5th on the all-time list at 26.

Austria’s Dinko Jukic closed very fast again, with a final 100 split of 59.2, but this time Matsuda was just as good. Jukic was 4th in 1:54.35.

As is so often the case in this 200 fly – there was no finals flop. Despite being such a difficult race, for some reason the men who swim it are always able to put up big times in the finals, and rarely add or have an obvious 8th-place finisher. Every single spot of this final was well-fought for.

Tyler Clary took 5th in 1:55.06, followed by Velimir Stjepanovic (1:55.07), Pawel Korzeniowski of Poland (1:55.08), and Yin Chen (1:55.18).

Women’s 200 Fly – Semifinal

American Kathleen Hersey continued to look incredible in this 200 fly field, as she was the only swimmer under 2:06 when she touched in 2:05.90 – another personal best time for her. Hersey goes out controlled, but efficiently, in this race, including a halfway turn of 1:00.49. But she doesn’t fade at  the end – it’s obvious by her ability to maintain the same strong hip motions while most swimmers tense up and flatten out.

Hersey trains with the men at the University of Texas, and by all accounts is impressive even in their challenging practices. One of her training partners Tweeted after this swim that “if by ‘Kathleen Hersey gets pushed by the guys every day’ Rowdy (Gaines) means her wrecking us, then yes she gets pushed by us daily.”

There are plenty of other swimmers in this field, though, who are capable of going 2:04’s, so Hersey’s work is far from down. That includes China’s Liuyang Jiao in 2:06.10. She rocketed off of the last wall to tear to a win in heat 1.

Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi continued her breakout year with a 2:06.37 for 3rd – perhaps in position for another bronze medal in tomorrow’s final.

Mireia Belmonte-Garcia continues an up-and-down meet with a 2:06.62 for 4th, followed by Hungary’s Zsu Jakabos in 2:06.82. Jakabos was the only Hungarian to make the final, which is a bit of a surprise as her countrymate Katinka Hosszu was 9th and out of the final.

The World Record holder Lu Zige (2:06.99), American Cammile Adams (2:07.33), and Britain’s Jemma Lowe (2:07.37) rounded out the top 8.

Men’s 200 Breast – Semifinal

As Phelps’ second chance at history faded away, Kosuke Kitajima stayed in the hunt for his third straight title with a 2:09.03.

Though still in the hunt, he’s far from a favorite at this point. Britain’s Michael Jamieson gave his country their best shot at gold yet with a 2:08.20 to place as the top qualifier coming out of the semi-finals. That crushes his own National Record and moves him to 8th on the all-time list. His countrymate Andrew Willis was just behind him in 2:08.47 for the 3rd seed, which also would have been under the old National Record of 2:08.98.

In between the pair was Hungarian Daniel Gyurta in 2:08.32. Despite being a touch slower than Jamieson, he still has to be the favorite after a closing 50 half-a-second faster than either of the Brits.

American Scott Weltz had a much better swim than the prelims and pushed himself to a new personal best with a 2:08.99 for the 4th seed. He swims his race very much like all of the other stars, with a great closing 50. Kitajima was 5th, and Clark Burckle went his second best time in two rounds with a 2:09.11. Ryo Tateishi and Brenton Rickard round out the final.

Both Germans, who had been so lethal this year, missed out on the final with 2:10-mids.

Women’s 200 IM – Final

China’s Ye Shiwen was again outstanding in completing a sweep of the Olympic IM medals with a textile-best and new Olympic Record of 2:07.57.  This marks the 5th-straight Olympics at which the women’s IM’s have been swept, following:

2008: Stephanie Rice, Australia
2004: Yana Klochkova, Ukraine
2000: Yana Klochkova, Ukraine
1996: Michelle Smith, Ireland

Ye’s swim was amazing, though compared to Ariana Kukors’ World Record, it in the least still appears mortal. The difference between this swim and her two in the earlier rounds was a 29.32 on the closing 50, the fastest in history (controlling for races that qualify as “great”). Her overall improvement from last year to this year in this 200 IM, though, came in the first 150 meters rather than her famous final 50 – which was almost the same as when she swam a 2:08.90 at Worlds.

This time was a new Olympic Record as well, bettering her own swim from the semi-finals.

Australia’s Alicia Coutts pushed Ye the whole way, and valiantly held her off for the first 20 meters of the freestyle leg. Ultimately, though, she couldn’t put the Chinese 16-year old away, and took silver in 2:08.15. That ranks her 5th on the all-time list. Her closing 50 of 29.91 was quite impressive as well, and one of the few in history under 30 seconds.

American Caitlin Leverenz gave away a big opportunity on her breaststroke-to-freestyle turn. She was awesome through 150, including a typically-fast breaststroke split to break open a lead, but she seemed a bit slow into the wall. Her head seemed about a meter ahead of the competition, but the clock registered only a three-tenths advantage, which is not nearly enough to hold off a pair of closers like Coutts and Ye. She’s now the second-fastest American in history with a 2:08.95.

Australian defending champ Stephanie Rice fought through her shoulder injury as well as we’ve seen her do yet in 2012, to a 4th-place. She did what she needed to do in this swim – and what has been missing – by sprinting out to a 27.9 fly split and an early lead. She has been very cautious with her butterfly since a second surgery, but attacked it big in this race. Her breaststroke, in exchange, suffered and she couldn’t run down Leverenz for a medal.

Kukors, the World Record holder, placed 5th in 2:09.83 in what was her first ever Olympic final. Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry was 6th in 2:11.13, followed by Hannah Miley (2:11.29) and Katinka Hosszu (2:14.19).

Men’s 800 Free Relay – Final

The Americans led off with a pair of Florida Gators. The French centered with a pair of USC Trojans. But in the end, it was a Texas Longhorn who broke this men’s 800 free wide open.

Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer gave the Americans a solid lead after 400 meters, but not yet insurmountable. But Ricky Berens, whose presence on this relay many were doubting coming into the race, silenced his critics with a 1:45.27 to hand Michael Phelps an insurmountable four-second lead.

That doesn’t mean Phelps was complacent, however. He was shooting for his 19th Olympic medal, which would give him the most of any Olympian in any sport and from any country, and he lwas willing to leave no doubts. He anchored the United States in a 1:45.05, easily shrugging off his 200 fly disappointment, to give the Americans a third-straight gold medal in 6:59.70, just the fourth relay in history to go under 7 minutes. Phelps and Lochte have been on this squad each of the last three Olympics, giving them at least a relay three-peat. The American splits:

1. Ryan Lochte – 1:45.15
2. Conor Dwyer – 1:45.23
3. Ricky Berens – 1:45.27
4. Michael Phelps – 1:44.05

The French silver medalists in 7:02.77 had the same last two as they had in the 400 free relay, and the pair was again outstanding. This time, however, the Americans were in their own wheelhouse and weren’t going to be caught. The French splits, en route to a new French National Record, and the country’s first medal in this relay since 1952 in Helsinki:

1. Amaury Leveaux – 1:46.70
2. Gregory Mallet – 1:46.83
3. Clement Lefert – 1:46.00
4.  Yannick Agnel – 1:43.24

China, anchored by their star Sun Yang, was able to overtake a front-loaded German relay with a 1:45.65 anchor to give them a bronze in 7:06.30. That’s their first-ever Olympic relay medal in what has been a ground-breaking meet on the men’s side.

As mentioned, Germany, who’s been so-so but overall disappointing, was 4th in 7:06.59. They were followed by Australia (7:07.00), Great Britain (7:09.33), South Africa (7:09.65), and Hungary (7:13.66).

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3 years 9 months ago

Live stream app isn’t even streaming it right now better hurry up

LBSWIMFAN
3 years 9 months ago

same here! ugh.

RL
3 years 9 months ago

mag wins 1st semi in 47.6, cielo 2nd in 48.1

Jean Michel
3 years 9 months ago

Cielo was not second , it was Adrian …..hehehehe

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Adrian is really flying

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Magnussen is 47.63…and he’s baaack!
Roberts is 48.57 and out of final

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

Told that of Roberts..

About Garcia.. I was expecting him to final..

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

and He Finaled

I was expecting him to final SINCE long before olympics.. he just confirmed my shot..

3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, bummer Mags swam well. Surprised Agnel’s splits were so close to Cielo’s, they seem like such opposites to me.

That final is gonna be nuts. Magnussen and Agnel have the ability to really dominate the field if they’re on, but if they’re not pretty much anyone could take it.

Jg
3 years 9 months ago

nasty

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Adrian is 47.97

RL
3 years 9 months ago

adrian 47.9 won 2nd semi, agnel was 48.2 (7th seed into finals), cullen jones shut out

LATSCOACH
3 years 9 months ago

Surprised Jones was a 48 high

CARDINAL
3 years 9 months ago

Wow, Hanser Garcia at 48.04. He just improved his time by one third of a second.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t think Mag would like it he’s next to Adrian in the final. He seemed he couldn’t deal with Adrian’s fast first 50 in the relays

wannaswim
3 years 9 months ago

Could push each other to a very fast time

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

Cielo and Agnel will have the same strategy.. all 4 could pull something huge..

lv2srf95
3 years 9 months ago

Garcia is gonna surprise tomorrow if that semi wasn’t already surprising enough….

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

200 free!

Russia’s team jacket is ugly

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago
aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Agnel will be on lane 1. This might turn out to hurt his chances

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

Roberts … a fluke?

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

wow franklin leading!!

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

Schmitt .. repeat of the men’s 200 free?

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Schmitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

WOW! Schmitt takes gold! dominated the field!

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Wowww… This is incredible swim!!!
1:53.6!!!

Schmitt – Pellegrini-Barratt!

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

Muffat out? There goes my Picks

Congrats to Schmitt.. Amazing speed..

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

she took silver.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

MUffat is inexplicably slow.

1:55.58???
After her playing with 1:54s few times during the year?? whats up with that???

In a typical french manner, I think she was demoralised by Schmitt out so fast

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

I was gonna write Muffat, but somehow wrote Pellegrini.
No need to insult

LATSCOACH
3 years 9 months ago

Alison Schmitt just destroyed everyone

drdov
3 years 9 months ago

Schmitt UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
wow

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

Pellegrini was fifth

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

That was truly dominant swim.

Her sacrificing NCAA this year paid off!

lv2srf95
3 years 9 months ago

Schmitt’s gonna go sub 1:40 next year in NCAA… :O

CB
3 years 9 months ago

My NBC live feed was so great yesterday, no problems. I kept wondering what everyone was talking about. Now I get it. I saw maybe 30 seconds of that 200 free. Ugh.

3 years 9 months ago

Same, and mine was comparatively awesome this morning. (Still looked super pixelated, but I don’t think it ever froze.)

I’ve got three streams going – that pirated one someone posted above on this computer, a laptop playing on my TV using Live Extra and an Android tablet using the app. My laptop is the one that freezes the most. It’s less than a year old and plugged in via an ethernet cord, so it’s plenty quick.

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

Raf, i guess no gold for US in freestyle was a little premature?

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

Schmitt blew me off on that.. and I congrat her.. that time was Amazing.. After Muffat 400 I would not expect Muffat to be locked out also..

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

Now I saw aswimfan correction up there..

But Muffat was TOO SLOW!

Dan
3 years 9 months ago

NBCOlympics.com just sucks. Stopped streaming at the 3rd turn of 200 free. Amazingly started up for the commercial.

beachmouse
3 years 9 months ago

And my NBC feed died with 50 to go. Grrr.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

le clos out fast

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Good for Phelps to be next le clos, he’s out fast

Craig H
3 years 9 months ago

Have I mentioned how much I hate this female announcer: “I’m concerned about [Phelp’s] endurance.” Watch him close faster than everyone.

Craig H
3 years 9 months ago

Alright. I eat my words. Damn.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

This female announcer turned out to be correct after all.

Lane Four
3 years 9 months ago

The announcer is a former Aussie Olympic medalist. 1992 bronze I think. She knows her stuff. Lighten up on her.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Matsdua is hanging

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Le clos!!!!!!SHOCKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

Phelps silver

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

pHELPS made the same mistake Cavic did in Beijing!!!!!!!!!!

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

Le Clos time?!?!

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

1:52.96

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Phelps 1:53.01 Matsuda 1:53.21

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

Phelps still has 100 fly and 200 IM.

Cavic and Czerniak, then Locthe and Pereira.. can he grab gold agains these 4?

WKirch
3 years 9 months ago

1:52.96, very good time

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Phelps got “phelpsed” by LeClos!

Ole 99
3 years 9 months ago

Terrible last turn and bad last finish lost if for Phelps.

3 years 9 months ago

I cringed when I saw that turn. You would think after swimming this event for so many years he would know exactly how to adjust into both of those last two walls.

3 years 9 months ago

I feel like he’s chopped at least half, if not more, of his fly turns this year. It’s been inexcusable. Random Grand Prix meets are one thing, this is the goddamn Olympics.

He was up big going into the last turn too, but it really cost him some time.

Zach
3 years 9 months ago

I think he was nervous and his stroke tightened up. If his stroke was a little longer, he’d have hit every wall perfectly.

drdov
3 years 9 months ago

South African here wanting Phelps to win
I don’t know what to feel

CARDINAL
3 years 9 months ago

D.E.T.H.R.O.N.E.D!!!

No individual golds for Phelps at these Olympics for sure!!!

hmm
3 years 9 months ago

he’ll still get the most olympic medals anyone has ever won, though. that’s a pretty impressive accomplishment, it’s just sad he couldn’t go out on a higher note considering how dominant he was last olympics.

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

But no one would expected him not to have any individual gold.

Cavic/Czerniak and Pereira/Locthe are going to go fast on 100 fly and 200IM, So Phelps will have huge problems on that races..

hmm
3 years 9 months ago

yeah i guess, but individual silver isn’t too shabby. it’s not like he’s missing the medal stand, at least. and no one has defended their gold medal three times so is it really very surprising that he hasn’t done it?

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

for all the hype done before.. a little.. everyone expected..

Liliana
3 years 9 months ago

No one informed us Olympics are over?

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Phelps has tied Larissa Latynina as with the record of most olympics medals, 18 medals and counting. He’ll go one higher after 4×200

hmm
3 years 9 months ago

I know, I’m just taking it for granted that he’ll definitely be on the stand after the 4×200 as well. It would be shocking for USA not to medal in that.

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

how is the individual medal count?

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Latynina will still have the most individual medals. Phelps chance to equal Latynina evaporated with him non-medaling in 400 IM.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Wouldn’t count out Phelps in the 100 Fly or 200 IM still. For all his lack of endurance, both are sprints. And if nothing else, he’s a racer.

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

I think he can go better, but Cavic and Czerniak are pure sprinters.. Locthe Is Lochte, and Pereira had trained his whole year for 200IM, not for 400IM..

lsswim
3 years 9 months ago

And funny thing, he will get more than Lochte!

Sans Pallegrini
3 years 9 months ago

Isn’t Phleps swimming the 100 fly as well. Well, from the speed he’s shown and the fact that not many swimmers can go down to 51s, it might well be between Phelps and Tyler Clary.

3 years 9 months ago

McGill is the 100 flyer. He’s a great guy

ZYNG43
3 years 9 months ago

WOW….. Phelps lost it. No threepeat for Phelps.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

I’m still shocked

200 fly is Phelps’ baby.

If there was an event he’d never lose, it’s 200 fly.

But in 400 IM there was already signs his endurance might not have been as great as usual

lv2srf95
3 years 9 months ago

It’s those shitty as hell turns.

lsswim
3 years 9 months ago

Wow! Did not see that coming!

Ole 99
3 years 9 months ago

You are witnessing the changing of the guard. Phelps better get his head around this loss quickly because the US needs him for the 4 x 200 free. Maybe I’m projecting, but the French really seem to have a lot a swagger after that relay, Lochte never seems to have recovered. Now Phelps has to deal with losing “his baby” and a quick turnaround.

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

“changing of the guard” Is le Clos the new Michael Phelps?

Ole 99
3 years 9 months ago

Referring more to the overall Phelps dominance coming to an end. Yes he did not dominate at last year’s worlds either, but this is the big stage.

JP
3 years 9 months ago

Could be… we’ll see what he can do in the 100 fly and I believe 200 IM as well. He certainly has the same event profile, fly/IM with free relays and some backstroke mixed in.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Liuyang seems strong

she’ll have great battle with hoshi tomorrow for gold

ZYNG43
3 years 9 months ago

come on man (Cardinal especially)… none of use are right all the time… stop with the hostility. unless someone is just plain trolling and trying to put down a swimmer then there is no need for calling anyone an idiot or moron.

Paella747
3 years 9 months ago

+1
Agree….. So unecessary……

ATX
3 years 9 months ago

Yup, Cardinal is actually ridiculous

John Sampson
3 years 9 months ago

Agreed, it’s no fun when people spoil reading these comments! Have some decentcy…

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Jiao killed Hoshi at turns and underwater

3 years 9 months ago

Those two finals were not fun. Good for Schmitt, obviously, but ugh. Hundredth off a bronze for Missy was kind of a bummer, but Phelps losing that way, in the exact same way he won the 100m Fly twice…feels bad, man. Especially after the 400 Free Relay going so anti-2008, too.

ATX
3 years 9 months ago

Have to agree. Even though the US has had some successful finals and good swims, there’s definitely a bitter taste left in my mouth. A lot of close misses for bronze or mistakes for gold. Momentum plays a HUGE role at swim meets, especially these long meets, and unfortunately the US just cant seem to get many breaks and have not been able to establish a really strong surge of momentum for any substantial period of time.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Franklin is doing GREAT!

Look at what she did yesterday. She could have been beaten by Seebohm easily especially after her 200 free semi.

Hook'em
3 years 9 months ago

Of course she *could* have been beaten but anyone that was seriously worried that missy wouldn’t be able to step up in the 100 back clearly hasn’t followed Missy very closely. She is amazing when it comes to swimming doubles and I think she actually benefits from doing them. Missy has always been one who has trained for doubles and it brings out the best in her.

That said I don’t think that her winning was a huge surprise or wasn’t something totally unexpected.

3 years 9 months ago

Agreed. Very up and down, good days and bad days.

But I mean, I’m now starting to think Phelps having a tough time here is almost a good thing – it just makes his 8 for 8 in Beijing that much more magical. And he’ll definitely win at least one more medal to get the record for most all time, so it’s really a win-win for the guy.

Jean Michel
3 years 9 months ago

there is still 200 back , 200 IM ( 3 races ) , 50 free , 200 breast ( Soni ) and 3 relays . 9 golds are still available ;;;; how can u talk like u do after only 4 days ???

rjcid
3 years 9 months ago

I said this after the 4 IM, he missed his taper and is swimming on pure instinct with a tired body.

I have always questioned the US decision to have trials so close to the Olympics. Maybe they can do it earlier in the year. IMO

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Phelps is not as young as he used to be. quick turn around recovery is not on the plate anymore

Paella747
3 years 9 months ago

I’m bummed. If he was going to lose, I was hoping it’d be by Matsuda. 🙁

Totally separate note: Kathleen Hersey has beautiful eyes!

Paella747
3 years 9 months ago

To each their own.

ATX
3 years 9 months ago

Kathleen is an awesome person! Such a bubbly personality and a great person. So good to see her swimming well

PsychoDad
3 years 9 months ago

And a very nice, happy, sunny person.

PsychoDad
3 years 9 months ago

By the way, is she the only female swimmer Eddie Reese ever coached?

John Sampson
3 years 9 months ago

He coached karlee bispo leading up to trials too

3 years 9 months ago

There is no such thing as a missed taper. There is, however, a missed training season, and that’s what he did.
Timing of Trials does not affect those who put in the training as much, but yes, it sucks when your total season was 7 months and you have to taper twice

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

2012 Liu is a shade of 2008/2010 Liu

Hershey is strong, I’m so surprised, and she’s not even look too expended

Dan
3 years 9 months ago

Her name is H E R S E Y not the same as the crappy American chocolate.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

oh yeah.. I kept thinking about that chocolate 🙂

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

both Americans in final in women’s 200 fly, not not.

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About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

The most common question asked about Braden Keith is "when does he sleep?" That's because Braden has, in two years in the game, become one of the most prolific writers in swimming at a level that has earned him the nickname "the machine" in some circles. He first got his feet …

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