When you're racing against someone like MP you don't glide in, you give it your all until the very end.
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Cavic’s mistake opens door for Phelps’ No. 7
By Matt Biondi, Yahoo! Sports
BEIJING—Saturday at the Water Cube, Michael Phelps remained perfect while Serbian Milorad Cavic failed Olympic swimming “History 101,” taking the crowd—and me—back to shades of Seoul in 1988.
Twenty years ago, in the 100-meter butterfly final, I made a critical mistake at the finish that cost me the gold medal by the smallest of margins: one one-hundredth of a second. After leading the entire race, I tried three long strokes instead of four shorter ones and glided into the touch. History repeated itself in Beijing on Saturday: Cavic made the exact same mistake and Phelps seized on it, swimming through to the wall, winning by one one-hundredth, setting an Olympic record and securing his seventh gold medal in Beijing. We have waited 36 years to see Mark Spitz’s legendary record of seven gold medals fall, and I suspect after Sunday we will have to wait even longer for anyone to match or surpass Phelps’ anticipated eighth gold.
Men’s 100 butterfly: Saturday’s final started with Cavic using his blinding speed to hit the turn first, ahead of world-record pace and Phelps. With only 10 meters remaining, no one in the Cube could imagine how Phelps would keep his perfect record intact as he still trailed by an arm’s length with mere meters left to swim. But Cavic repeated my mistake, ending with a long stroke and trying to kick his way to the wall. As he began to decelerate, he opened the door for Phelps to steal the victory. If Cavic ended with even a decent finish, Phelps would have finished with the silver. Instead, Phelps celebrated his stunning victory, letting his emotions be known and looking relaxed for the first time all week.
Cavic's mistake opens door for Phelps' No. 7 - Olympics - Yahoo! Sports
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