Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 14, 2004
This was the first swimming event to be concluded in Athens and also marked the first final of [Michael Phelps]' epic attempt to win an unprecedented eight gold medals at a single Olympic celebration. Fortunately for Phelps this first final was possibly his strongest ever of the entire Games and therefore it came as little surprise when he blazed away into the lead. By the 200 metre mark he had a wide lead over [LÃ¡szlÃ³ Cseh, Jr.] and was well under the world record splits. Phelps eventually finished in world record time with compatriot [Erik Vendt] overhauling Cseh for silver in the final length of freestyle.
Phelps retained this title in Beijing but failed to win a medal in 2012 where he placed fourth.