Robert Finke Explains Wrist Injury, Bouncing Back to Top Form (Video)


Reported by Reid Carlson.


  • World Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 4:03.84, 2008
  • American Record: Michael Phelps, 4:03.84, 2008
  • Championship Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 4:05.25, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 4:05.25, 2008
  • Olympics Trials Cut: 4:25.99

TOP 3:

  1. GOLD: Bobby Finke, 4:13.15
  2. SILVER: Carson Foster, 4:13.39 — WORLD JUNIOR RECORD
  3. BRONZE: Jake Foster, 4:15.03

Kieran Smith took the early lead with a 25.99 split on the first 50 butterfly, but Carson Foster was first at 100 in 56.60, 0.19 ahead of Smith. Carson Foster, a backstroke specialist, extended the lead to flip at 1:29.43 at the 150. Carson Foster was still in the lead at 200 meters, flipping in 2:01.03, with Bobby Finke now in the 2nd position. Carson Foster was 2:37.32 at 250 meters, still about a body length ahead of the field. At 300, Carson Foster was 3:13.97, leading by 1.79 over Finke.

Finke was beginning to run Carson Foster down in the final 100, and over the final 50, Finke surged and passed Carson Foster, touching 1st in 4:13.15 and producing a 57.39 on the final 100 meters of freestyle. Finke’s time could have placed 4th at the World Championships, and Carson Foster 5th at Worlds. Jake Foster placed 3rd in 4:15.03. Kieran Smith placed 4th in 4:15.17, Sean Grieshop 5th in 4:15.50, Brodie Williams of Great Britain 6th 4:16.63, Grant Sanders 7th in 4:18.28, and Mark Szaranek 8th in 4:18.90.

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