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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! Michael Phelps Breaks 1:52 to Win Men's 200 Fly -- July 29, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 29. IT is his pet event, and the one he seemed the least pleased with at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Michael Phelps posted an amazing swim in the men's 200 fly to break the 1:52 barrier at the FINA World Championships.


Phelps clocked a swift time of 1:51.51 to lower his world record of 1:52.03 set in Beijing. Phelps swam with water in his goggles in Beijing during the 1:52 swim, and has called the 1:52 barrier unfinished business ever since.

"I tell you last night, I must have gotten 20 text messages saying I know you hate to lose," Phelps said. "I just kept that in mind coming into tonight. I told Bob [Bowman] I don't even care. I'm just going to go for it on the third 50. I've raced against Takeshi a bunch. We've had some really good battles. I'm really happy with the result."

Poland's Pawel Korzeniowski raced to silver with a strong time of 1:53.23, while Japan's Takeshi Matsuda touched just behind with a bronze-winning 1:53.32.

Brazil's Kaio Almeida (1:54.27), the United States' Tyler Clary (1:54.45), Austria's Dinko Jukic (1:55.08), South Africa's Sebastien Rousseau (1:55.43) and Great Britain's Michael Rock (1:55.43) also swam in the finale.


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July 29, 2009 Will his cry baby coach take back his comments now????
Submitted by: XXXXXXXJOSH
July 29, 2009 But did he step up on the blocks in a SPEEDO brief and do it? One would have hoped so after yesterdays comments
Submitted by: Coach D
July 29, 2009 He was wearing the LZR legs.
Submitted by: JesseM
July 29, 2009 What this really shows is that the 6 months off is not the issue. You can't be out of shape and break the world record in the 200 fly. What it appears Bowman is trying to deflect attention away from is that the experiment with Phelp's freestyle stroke was an unmitigated disaster. And that is all down to the coach, not the suits.
Submitted by: prhjd
July 29, 2009 Amazing race. Too bad his awesome time is lost in this flood of insignificant world records.
Submitted by: likac05
July 29, 2009 yeah, give it a rest haters...he said the swimmer had beaten him, he never said Biedermann beat him because of the suit
Submitted by: carls
July 29, 2009 yeah, that´s been the most significant world record since it was done in a lzr
Submitted by: carls
July 29, 2009 Carls, I ain't hatin. Michael is a great swimmer but when you make statements like he allowed Bob to do for him yesterday, you'd better be able to stand by them. Continuing to race in one of the suits which will no longer be allowed is not one of the ways in which one would go about doing this. That said, it was great swim, Bob and Michael both would be well served to remember that they did not make swimming but in fact it was the other way around.
By the way, check again. Unless my eyes deceive me, Spofforth was in fact wearing a LZR, given that this is her first world record, it is of far greater significance, in my opinion
Submitted by: Coach D
July 29, 2009 I also had heard that Spofforth was wearing a LZR. As for Phelps he was in a LZR but bottoms only. He'd also forgotten to shave his chest as he had planned on the full suit so you could make a case that his 200 fly was the fastest unshaved time in history. ;-)
Submitted by: teamwiess
July 29, 2009 So, by Bowman's logic, if Phelps wore a X-Glide he would have done a 1:49? I call bull on that - prove it or stop crying.
Submitted by: RichAndrews
July 29, 2009 Just to put things in perspective. Mark Spitz 1972 200 free gold medal/world record 1:52.78. My how things have changed.
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