Phelps Wishes He Had Been on Worlds 400 Free Relay – Video Interview

Video interview courtesy of Universal Sports Network.

On night one of the 2013 FINA World Championships, Olympic swimming superstar, Michael Phelps, told Rowdy Gaines he wished he could’ve been on the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay championships final.

The French upset Team USA winning in 3:11.18.  The Americans clocked 3:11.42, .24 away from a World Championship gold medal.  The Russians were third, only .02 behind Team USA, touching the wall at 3:11.44.

Phelps doesn’t like seeing his country lose knowing he could’ve madeup the difference. Phelps surely feels a slight twinge from the 2012 London Olympic loss in this event, when the French upset Team USA because of Yannick Agnel’s exceptional anchor (46.74 split).

The real question is whether Phelps’ desire to race will be enough to get him back in the pool competitively. I hope so! What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Lastly, after the 2012 London Olympic Games, I publicly stated three reasons why a Michael Phelps comeback made sense, why he should continue to race through Rio 2016:

1 – a sub 50 second 100 meter butterfly in a textile suit (noting that his old rival Ian Crocker remains the fastest textile suit flyer in history with a 50.40)

2 – a sub 47 second 100 meter freestyle (as I’ve felt, since Phelps’ flat start 48.1 100m free leadoff at the 2010 Pan Pacs, that he’s a sub 47 second freestyle if he doesn’t train for the 400 IM)

3 – 2016 Olympic Gold in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay

What do you think?  

See complete race footage of the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay championship final presented by Universal Sports Network here:

See all swimswam coverage of the 2013 FINA World Championships here.

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I’m also of the opinion that Pheps could still hang with the best in 2016, especially if he drops the more gruelling events, specifically the 200m butterfly and the 400m medley. If he kept his program to the three relays, 100m butterfly and 200m medley, it’s probable he could get strong placings in all of them, if not a few golds. If he does, then there’s another reason for Phelps to come back that you (GMM) missed – four chances at four-peating an Olympic swimming event, two of them in his two individual events. That said, while I would very much like to see Phelps come back, I don’t think he should be pressured into doing so. There’s nothing wrong… Read more »


Should have kept the rest of the video. The “all-knowing” Rowdy Gaines says MP is coming back. Rowdy is always saying,”No matter which way I do it on paper, the Americans just can’t do it.” Blah blah, Rowdy. The women won gold. That’s why it is a race and on paper doesn’t really mean jack. Am I the only one who thinks he is annoying?


He says MP is coming back when literally a few minutes before Michael said he has no plans for returning

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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