Michael Phelps wins the Men's 200 Fly Last Night in Shanghai
Is anyone surprised? I'm not. Michael wasn't going to lose this race in an international competition. In winning it Braden Keith points out this makes Phelps the swimmer with the most World Championships in any one race (5.) No doggie paddling here. Phelps wins gold and so the stars realign. Volcanoes stop erupting, plate techtonics stop shifting, ph balances stabalize.
Phelps and Lochte will meet again for the Men's 200 IM final. They haven't raced each other in this event since Nats last year when Lochte won. Phelps didn't swim it at the last WC in '09 when Ryan broke the world record. At the time, all the cameras pointed to Phelps in the stands who a good friend and sportsman and cheered him on but you know what he was thinking......
Going into finals Lochte is seeded 1st 1.56.74 and Phelps is seeded 2nd 1.57.26 with both swimmers basically laying on lounge chairs and drinking mai tais throughout semis. This is going to be fun, maybe not the greatest racing these 2 have ever done/will do but definitely fun. Lochte pulled the "he's breathing to his left at this wall so......bye....." trick during the 200 free which Phelps isn't going to fall for again.
In other news, Universal Sports again failed to provide a live feed for American audiences. They had "technical difficulties." Seriously, I want my $10 back. I could have bought a really bad bottle of wine for that money. Between the United States failing to provide a reliable feed for World Championships and the debt ceiling crisis I'm really starting to worry this is the end of America's greatness. I wonder if because we're in danger of defaulting to the Chinese they've sabotaged our feed. We, the swimfans, should march on Washington demanding reliable swimming coverage and/or tickets to Shanghai. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
God, I'm sleep-deprived. Sorry. See y'all tomorrow and tune into Swim Brief on US Stream for this week's Top 40 countdown and finest swimming commentary around. Oh, and special "shout out" to the anonymous poster who said I was "hot."