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

  20 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | July 12th, 2014 | International, Masters, News, Video

Swimming News / Swimming Video courtesy of Shanda Crowe

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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What happened to thoman in lane 7? He stopped at the 50

Swimmer – he was racing for a 50 meter time.

We Love Phelps

thanks Mel Stewart for this video.

We Love Phelps

final day of racing in Athens & there’s no updates on this morning’s prelims? 🙁


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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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