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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Michael Phelps' closest race

Today American Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.  Phelps' seventh race was the 100 m Butterfly race, and it was his closest race and the only one where he "only" set an Olympic Record (instead of the World Record).  
Kottke is on point (as usual) with a breakdown of the race and participants (including Silver Medalist, Milorad Cavic representing Serbia) that is worthy of Metafilter.

The highlights are the underwater photos of the finish, Cavic's blog entry, and Omega's explanation that their timing system is more accurate that the length of the swimming lanes.  Also the NYT article and profile of Mike Cavic.


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