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Men's 100 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 14, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008

Gold: USA Michael Phelps
Silver: SRB Milorad Čavić
Bronze: AUS Andrew Lauterstein

Summary

With six gold medals in the bag and just two to win for a perfect eight out of eight record at the 2008 Olympic Games, Michael Phelps arrived at the race which swimming experts considered the one he was most likely to lose. The 100 metre butterfly was the only race in which he competed in Beijing where he did not hold the current world record. In fact he was not even the fastest American in the field as that honour was held by world record holder Ian Crocker. Despite the presence of Crocker and Serbia's Milorad Čavić, Phelps' previous performances at the 2008 Games were such that he was still considered a hot favourite.

The final was a race of two distinct halves. Over the first 50 m Milorad Čavić pulled out a big lead and with Phelps trailing back in seventh it appeared that his ambition to have a perfect Olympics was lost. The final 50 metres saw a monumental effort from Phelps to get back on terms with the Serbian but as both men reached for the wall on their final strokes it appeared Čavić still held a narrow lead. The crowd and media looked up at the scoreboard in anticipation of a Serbian victory but instead it was Phelps' name that flashed up on the scoreboard as champion. Television replays indicated that Phelps' final stroke had been timed to perfection whilst Čavić's finish was a little more sloppy in its execution. It may even have been that whilst Čavić had reached the touchpads before Phelps he had not provided the minimum 3 kgs of pressure required to trigger the mechanism. Some people pointed to the fact that Omega, the official timekeepers to the Olympic movement, were also personal sponsors to the American champion but nobody provided any evidence to support their complaints. A protest was put in by the Serbian team management but it was overruled after a review.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Phelps 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 Milorad Čavić 24 Serbia SRB Silver
3 Andrew Lauterstein 21 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Ian Crocker 25 United States USA
5 Jason Dunford 21 Kenya KEN
6 Takuro Fujii 23 Japan JPN
7 Andriy Serdinov 25 Ukraine UKR
8 Ryan Pini 26 Papua New Guinea PNG
9 Shi Feng 19 China CHN
10 Peter Mankoč 30 Slovenia SLO
11 Albert Subirats 21 Venezuela VEN
12 Corney Swanepoel 22 New Zealand NZL
13 Serhiy Breus 25 Ukraine UKR
14 Lyndon Ferns 24 South Africa RSA
15 Kaio Almeida 23 Brazil BRA
16 Fréd Bousquet 27 France FRA
17 Adam Pine 32 Australia AUS
18 Lars Frölander 34 Sweden SWE
19 Jakob Andkjær 23 Denmark DEN
20T Mario Todorović 19 Croatia CRO
20T Nikolay Skvortsov 24 Russia RUS
20T Robin van Aggele 24 Netherlands NED
23 Gabriel Mangabeira 26 Brazil BRA
24 Yevgeny Korotyshkin 25 Russia RUS
25 Sotirios Pastras 22 Greece GRE
26 Masayuki Kishida 22 Japan JPN
27 Michael Rock 21 Great Britain GBR
28 Ştefan Gherghel 29 Romania ROU
29 Todd Cooper 25 Great Britain GBR
30 Rafa Múñoz 20 Spain ESP
31 Christophe Lebon 25 France FRA
32 Moss Burmester 27 New Zealand NZL
33 Simão Morgado 29 Portugal POR
34T Rimvydas Šalčius 23 Lithuania LTU
34T Joe Bartoch 25 Canada CAN
36 Alon Mandel 19 Israel ISR
37 François Heersbrandt 18 Belgium BEL
38 Douglas Lennox-Silva 21 Puerto Rico PUR
39 Adam Sioui 26 Canada CAN
40 Ivan Lenđer 18 Serbia SRB
41 Benjamin Starke 21 Germany GER
42 Michal Rubáček 21 Czech Republic CZE
43 Yevgeni Lazuka 19 Belarus BLR
44 Thomas Rupprath 31 Germany GER
45T Juan Veloz 25 Mexico MEX
45T Octavio Alesi 21 Venezuela VEN
47 Alexei Puninski 23 Croatia CRO
48 Ryan Gambin 23 Malta MLT
49 Jeremy Knowles 26 Bahamas BAH
50 Ádám Madarassy 23 Hungary HUN
51 Shaune Fraser 20 Cayman Islands CAY
52 Hjörtur Már Reynisson 25 Iceland ISL
53 Camilo Becerra 28 Colombia COL
54 Daniel Bego 18 Malaysia MAS
55 Gordon Touw Ngie Tjouw 23 Suriname SUR
56 Rustam Khudiyev 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
57 Ankur Poseria 21 India IND
58 Onur Uras 23 Turkey TUR
59 Andrejs Dūda 26 Latvia LAT
60 Georgi Palazov 28 Bulgaria BUL
61T Bader Al-Muhana 19 Saudi Arabia KSA
61T Ahmed Nada 21 Egypt EGY
63 João Matias 21 Angola ANG
64 Nedim Nišić 24 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
65 Marco Camargo 19 Ecuador ECU