Monday, 1 August 2011

Michael Phelps: A Fitting Swansong

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this is surely an example of it. Standing on a World Championships podium for the 33rd and final time, the look on Michael Phelps’ face was, well, content.

It is fitting that Phelps’ final swansong was a gold medal effort. It is fitting that it came in a relay, the only events that seemed to bring out the emotions that showed us the ‘real Phelps’. It is fitting that Phelps’ Butterfly leg was a second faster than the rest of the relay, essentially winning the relay for the US team that had a margin of victory of just 0.20 seconds.

As is so often the case with swimming, words come a distant second to the thrill of racing. So I leave you with the race that I consider Phelps’ greatest moment at the World Championships. Enjoy.


  1. I always like to remember that look on Hoogenband's face after the race

  2. If I had to chose, I'd go with Phelps vs. Cavic in 2009, but also 200 fly from 2007. Anyway, still hard to comprehend he won't be swimming at Worlds anymore.

  3. 200 fly from melbourne better

  4. 200fly melbourne was the best.