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Old 03-28-2007, 10:38 AM   #1
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Michael Phelps is the single most dominant athlete on the planet, bar none

and, yes, i'm looking at you Roger Federer and Tiger Woods.



[q]In Night of World Records, Phelps Leaves Biggest Ripple in the Pool

By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
MELBOURNE, Australia, Wednesday, March 28 — Michael Phelps does not agree, but perhaps Ian Thorpe retired at just the right time after all when he hung up his goggles in November.

It was difficult to avoid the thought on Tuesday night when Phelps made virtual mincemeat of one of the records that other swimmers have spoken of in hushed tones since Thorpe established it at his peak in Fukuoka, Japan, in 2001.

But the whispers will now be reserved for what Phelps did in the 200-meter freestyle in Melbourne, as he sliced two-tenths of a second off Thorpe’s mark in Thorpe’s country and an astonishing 1.34 seconds off his personal best.

On one of the most extraordinary nights in the history of American swimming, one that produced four gold medals and three world records in five races, Phelps’s time of 1 minute 43.86 seconds left the biggest wake.

“I thought this 200 freestyle record by Ian would last for 10, maybe 20 years,” said Pieter van den Hoogenband, who took the silver medal but was five full strokes and 2.42 seconds behind Phelps.[/q]



[q]Phelps sets second world record in as many days

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Michael Phelps is turning the world swimming championships into kid's play.

The American earned his third gold medal with another world record Wednesday night, producing the biggest time drop in the 200-meter butterfly in 48 years.

"I feel like a 12-year-old, being able to drop more than a second off my best time," the 21-year-old superstar said. "I'm showing I'm in solid shape now."

Phelps won with the same get-out-fast and blow 'em away strategy he used in taking the 200 freestyle a night earlier.

He raced to the lead and stayed there, touching in 1 minute, 52.09 seconds. That was faster than the 1:53.71 he swam at a meet in Columbia, Mo., on Feb. 17.

"I shocked myself," Phelps said. "I didn't know I would be that far under it."

His 1.62-second improvement was the largest in the 200 fly since American Mike Troy lowered his own record by 2.6 seconds in 1959. Phelps also became the first man to go under 1:53 in the event.[/q]



and he's got three more events and two more relays.

and i'm curious to know if anyone else out there cares about swimming!
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I'll admit it's not something I follow other than when it's the Olympics, but that really is an amazing accomplishment.
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i still may have to lean towards federer, but he, phelps in woods are certainly in the top 3.
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"How could you trade Jay Buhner?"

"My people like Ken Phelps' bat"
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I'm following it, but, I don't have a choice.

Nothing's better than Mr. Costanza hearing that his son might be dead yet only wanting to rip Big Stein for the Buhner trade.
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The thread title is quite true.



Still doesn't make me care about competitive swimming or Australia, though
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Still doesn't make me care about competitive swimming or Australia, though




sometimes, i wish i was australian ...
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australians, as a whole, don't really care too much what thorpe does or did do.
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i just wish i had his abs
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australians, as a whole, don't really care too much what thorpe does or did do.




i still care ...
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holy shit, that is a lot of time to drop off an event! especially when you're Michael Phelps.

I've met him twice at meets, it is so cool to see him swim in person and he seemed to be a really genuine guy. he was a bit testy the second time though I think he was late for a massage or something.

too bad I've lost touch with the girl whose camera had the posed pic of me and michael on it.

anyway, USA! USA! USA! etc
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holy shit, that is a lot of time to drop off an event! especially when you're Michael Phelps.


here's his 200 fly. it's insane. there's no one even in the picture and he's a full body length ahead of world record pace.

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"How could you trade Jay Buhner?"

"My people like Ken Phelps' bat"
Okay, as a Seattle resident and baseball fan, I have to ask you to please explain the Jay Buhner quote.
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Its a Seinfeld reference. There's an episode where they think George is dead at the Yankees offices where he works, so Mr. Steinbrenner goes to tell George's parents he is dead, and Frank accosts Steinbrener with:
"How could you trade Jay Buhner?!"
and Steinbrenner responds, "My people liked Ken Phelps' bat"

So I figured it was worth putting in a thread dedicated to Ken Phelps' athletic prowess.
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Steinbrenner's here, George is dead, call me back!
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