Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008
Already having won the 400 individual medley and the 4Ã100 freestyle relay as part of the US team, [Michael Phelps] entered the 200 metre freestyle as an overwhelming favourite. Phelps, the world record holder in the event, had been beaten into third in this race in 2004 and, when he failed to win either his heat or semi-final, a little seed of doubt was sown. The final proved that Phelps had simply been careful not to exert himself too much early in his competition schedule as he powered clear by halfway and then kept up his scintillating pace to take 0.90 seconds off his own world record and win the race by nearly two seconds. Behind Phelps was the newly crowned 400 metre freestyle champion [Park Tae-Hwan] of Korea who held off the challenge of Phelps' training partner at Team Wolverine, [Peter Vanderkaay].