Race Video: Michael Phelps Wins 100 Back in 53.88, 2014 Bulldog Grand Slam

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MEN’S 100 Backstroke – 2014 Bulldog Grand Slam – Reported by SwimSwam

It’s been a banner weekend for Michael Phelps, who is gaining tremendous steam in his career comeback as of late. He followed up a great 100 fly on Friday night with a 53.88 in the 100 back to win tonight. That time ranks him just outside the top 10 in the world this year, and topped fellow swimming icon Ryan Lochte, who was 54.40 as he returns from a knee injury that has sidelined him for the better part of a year now.
Behind those two was Tyler Clary, 55.41 coming off his second-place 200 fly effort. He bridged the gap between Phelps/Lochte and the rest of the field.

Crews Wellford went 56.53 for fourth, just ahead of Jacob Kelsoe‘s 56.85. 15-year-old Michael Taylor went 57.08 for Dynamo, with Bolles School’s Dakota Mahaffey seventh in 57.71.

Maybe most notable in this race was Olympic silver medalist Nick Thoman, who had a rough prelims (57.42), but is listed at 1:15.83 in the final. It appears Thoman went for the first 50 split, crusing the second half of the race. He did go out in 25.3, which would be the second-fastest American time in the 50 back so far this year (David Plummer has been 25.2).

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Justin Thompson
6 years ago

Was it just me or did Phelps seem like he coasted a bit into the finish? He looked great and Lochte wasn’t too shabby also considering he’s been dealing with that bum knee.

law dawg
6 years ago

Damn, Phelps looks so smooth and strong. Hard to imagine what he could do in the next few years if he just focuses in on the sprints. First man under 53 in the 100 back, 48 in the 100 free, and 50 in the 100 fly at the same time, all in a textile? I think it’s very possible.

Reply to  law dawg
6 years ago

under 50 in the 100 fly is pretty optimistic IMO, but under 53 back, 48 free, and 51 fly at the same time is totally doable.

Reply to  Sven
6 years ago

Totally agree. Do you think he will do any other races?

bobo gigi
Reply to  justinl
6 years ago

I agree. It’s my hope.
All for sprint now!

6 years ago

I’m so proud of him 😀 He is killing it this weekend, keep it up Phelps! His determination and drive are what keeps him at the top of his game. I’m so impressed, as usual. Lochte is doing great as well (jeah) ^_^

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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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