Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008
By the sixth day of swimming at the 2008 Olympic Games much of what had happened could be boiled down to a simple equation, [Michael Phelps] + Olympic final = gold medal for Phelps. The 200 IM was the one race where the probability curve moved away from the certainty of another Phelps victory and into the realms of uncertainty. Both American [Ryan Lochte] and [LÃ¡szlÃ³ Cseh, Jr.] of Hungary had been in outstanding form in 2008 and, with Phelps swimming a huge schedule of races, both were expected to press hard for victory.