Beijing 2008... what drama and what history beckons this edition of the Olympiad!
Mark Spitz saw his 7 gold medal haul in a single games broken by this man...
I do not think any man or woman may come close to what he has achieved in the pool... Although I had my doubts that he can beat Spitz's record... well, he can thank his buddy
Jason Lezak for helping him to realize his dreams when Lezak blazed the lane with a blistering anchor in the 4x100m freestyle to touch ahead of France's Alain Bernard... Lezak swam the 100m of his life to help his teammate realize his dreams of becoming the greatest ever... well so far. Then again, probably the 100m butterfly was the key to his greatness. His 7th gold to equal Spitz and winning it within a hair breath ahead of Cavic, was also the other potential pitfall in his quest but he got through it with flying colours. Besides that I think he would have endeared himself into the history of swimming by virtue of the number of gold medals won in the Olympics regardless of whether he equalled or beat Mark Spitz's record, but... beating the likes of Spitz and Paavo Nurmi, Phelps has created a new chapter.. a big chapter, 12 gold medals.
Besides the Phelps chapter, we have also witnessed for the first time a man running 100m below 9.7sec. I really wonder what time would Bolt set if he had not showboated in the last 10m or so of the race? A great runner fluid in his buildup and under 22 years of age... one would only wonder if he can get better? 9.69sec.. and leaving his contenders an embarassing distance is definitely a sight to behold. A worthy champion but I was hoping that he would be more modest in his celebrations than his arrogance. Well, maybe he has the right to be arrogant.. after all he earned the nickname of the fastest man on earth.