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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Phelps wins gold in 200m butterfly

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Ben

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 12:29 PM
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Michael Phelps, denied in his bid to win seven gold medals, picked up his second victory of the Athens Games by winning the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday night in Olympic-record time.
 

Phelps fell just short of his own world record, holding off Takashi Yamamoto to win in 1 minute, 54.01 seconds. The hard-charging Japanese swimmer took silver in 1:54.56, while Great Britain's Stephen Parry won bronze in 1:55.22.

It was the second gold for Phelps, to go along with two bronzes -- easily making him the most decorated swimmer of the games so far.

Phelps came into the 200 fly as the clear favorite, having set the world record of 1:53.93 at last year's world championships. He also had the best time in the world this year, in his winning swim (1:54.31) at last month's U.S. Olympic trials.

The 19-year-old from Baltimore went out strong, doing the first 100 below world-record pace. He tired a bit at the end, not surprising since it was his ninth race in the fourth day of the Olympic meet.

For the first time, Phelps didn't have to swim in the morning. However, he had two events in the evening, also swimming first for the U.S. team in the 800 freestyle relay in the last race Tuesday.

Defending Olympic champion Tom Malchow also made the eight-man final, but the American wasn't the same swimmer that he was in Sydney four years ago. Bothered by a torn tendon in his right shoulder, he barely got through the semis and finished last in the eight-man final at 1:57.48 -- more than two seconds slower than his winning time in 2000., Greece -- Michael Phelps, denied in his bid to win seven gold medals, picked up his second victory of the Athens Games by winning the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday night in Olympic-record time.

Phelps fell just short of his own world record, holding off Takashi Yamamoto to win in 1 minute, 54.01 seconds. The hard-charging Japanese swimmer took silver in 1:54.56, while Great Britain's Stephen Parry won bronze in 1:55.22.

It was the second gold for Phelps, to go along with two bronzes -- easily making him the most decorated swimmer of the games so far.

Phelps came into the 200 fly as the clear favorite, having set the world record of 1:53.93 at last year's world championships. He also had the best time in the world this year, in his winning swim (1:54.31) at last month's U.S. Olympic trials.

The 19-year-old from Baltimore went out strong, doing the first 100 below world-record pace. He tired a bit at the end, not surprising since it was his ninth race in the fourth day of the Olympic meet.

For the first time, Phelps didn't have to swim in the morning. However, he had two events in the evening, also swimming first for the U.S. team in the 800 freestyle relay in the last race Tuesday.

Defending Olympic champion Tom Malchow also made the eight-man final, but the American wasn't the same swimmer that he was in Sydney four years ago. Bothered by a torn tendon in his right shoulder, he barely got through the semis and finished last in the eight-man final at 1:57.48 -- more than two seconds slower than his winning time in 2000.




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