Phelps wins 7th straight gold in fingertip victory

August 16th, 2008 - 9:00 pm ICT by David M N James  

Michael Phelps with his Gold MedalPhelps became the man of the moment in the 2008 Beijing Olympics after winning a straight seventh gold medal. However, this one did not come so easily, Phelps won by a mere one hundredth of a second to beat Serbia’s Milorad Cavic in the 100 meters butterfly competition. In what seemed a tightly contested race, Phelps was loosing it and it seemed he was out of the tops. But Phelps determination and experience helped him lunge forward on his final stroke to touch the finish line which beat Cavic by a hundredth of a second making the smallest margin in the record of the competition. Phelps recorded 50.58, a personal best and an Olympic record while Cavic did 50.92 making him lament that ‘this is the biggest loss you can expect in an Olympics competition’

After this miraculous and sort of luck win, Phelps was jubilant. He threw his hands in joy, punched the air and screamed joyously. There was a crowd cheering him around the water cube where the race was done. Exuberant and very joyous, Phelps told reporters that “It’s pretty cool, that’s all I can say, and halfway I thought I had blown it. I am in a sort of dream world.” Phelps 7th gold medal makes him stays at per with medal record holder, Mark Spitz. The Phelps win has been dubbed the ‘fingertip victory’ and it’s the comparable to Mark Spitz 1972 record of seven straight gold medals in just one Olympic. Phelps is optimistic to out-do Spitz if he wins another medal on Sunday.
Michael PhelpsBEIJING - AUGUST 16: Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates victory in the Mens 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Mens 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitzs record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Michael Phelps Swimming
BEIJING - AUGUST 16: Michael Phelps of the United States makes his way from the pool after his victory in the Mens 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Mens 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitzs record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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