Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Phelps: 200m Butterfly win for tenth Olympic gold

Tenth Olympic gold for Phelps in 200m Butterfly
Michael Phelps swims during the final. (Photo credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

(BEIJING, August 13) -- "Baltimore Bullet" Michael Phelps hit his target in the Men's 200m Butterfly for his fourth gold at the Water Cube and tenth Olympic gold overall on Wednesday morning -- and did it with a new world record time of 1:52.03.

After qualifying fastest for the final in an Olympic Record time of 1:53.70. Phelps, the defending Olympic champion and world record holder, was never headed. While the margin was a little closer than predicted, Phelps was never seriously challenged in winning the gold medal.

Phelps took the race out fast and hard as he is accustomed to and the pace immediately hurt his rivals. Phelps' first split at 100m was 25.36. At the last turn Phelps was under world record pace with a split at the 150m of 1:22.75.

Lazslo Cseh of Hungary had another great swim in European Record time to finish with the silver medal in 1:52.70. Cseh is having a great Games and swimming very consistently and looks to be a great challenger for Phelps in the years to come.

Matsuda Takeshi of Japan, after being the second fastest qualifier for the final, finished with the bronze medal and an Asian Record in a time of 1:52.97.

Phelps did not have much time to take the win in as he was due out again on Wednesday morning in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay.

Tenth Olympic gold for Phelps in 200m Butterfly
Michael Phelps swims during the final. (Photo credit: Chen Kai/Xinhua)
Tenth Olympic gold for Phelps in 200m Butterfly
Michael Phelps reacts after his win. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

2 comments:

journalrhythm said...

I think Phelps is gonna do it! When he got to 4 medals, I wrote a song about it. If you want, you can listen to it here:

http://journalrhythm.blogspot.com/2008/08/michael-phelps-is-halfway-there.html

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