Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 16, 2004
Date Finished: August 17, 2004
[Michael Phelps] entered the race as a two-time World Champion in the event and also as world record holder making this one of the better chances of gold in an already stellar looking campaign.
Phelps cruised through the heats and semi-final before leading the final from gun to touchpad in the second fastest time in history. Behind him Japanâs [Takashi Yamamoto] won his first medal in his third Olympic Games with [Steve Parry] of Great Britain taking the bronze.
Phelps went on to defend the title in a world record time at the Beijing Olympics. His attempt at a third title on the trot was foiled when South Africaâs [Chad le Clos] scored a narrow upset victory at London 2012. On that occasion the American missed a third gold by five hundredths of a second and had to settle for silver