Phelps Comes From Behind Again To Reclaim Title

Last summer, when Michael Phelps dominated the news from the 2008 Beijing Olympics with his record 8 gold medals, who would have possibly guessed that he would still be a celebrity today? In our 24-hour news cycle world, celebrities are made and forgotten seemingly overnight, and really, who cares about competitive swimming, anyways?

Michael Phelps

Yet, here we are in 2009 still talking about Phelps, and for good reason. Even apart from his escapades on dry land, the guy’s fun to follow and dominant in ways you only see in people like Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan. Yesterday, in a rematch of his amazing come-from-behind gold medal butterfly performance, he once again surged from behind to beat Milorad Cavic to win the 100m butterfly world championship.

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Did Michael Phelps Really Win The 100M Butterfly?

I’ll admit to not watching much Olympics coverage this past week, but I did catch Michael Phelps‘ 1/100th-of-a-second victory over Serbian Milorad Cavic. The hype surrounding Phelps was at Favre-sian levels, which is to say, you wouldn’t have been able to avoid it if you wanted to.

Michael Phelps beats Cavic

In any event, Phelps beat Cavic in the 100m butterfly on Friday by thismuch. Two days later, there’s still a debate as to whether Phelps even won the race, although this photograph seems to indicate he did (the close-up shows Cavic hasn’t yet touched the wall … I think).

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