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Micheal Phelps Loses First Individual Race in Four Years

Golden Boy Phelps Gets Silver

After breaking world records left and right, and taking home a record-setting eight gold medals from Beijing, Michael Phelps came in second place.

This is his first loss in four years in an individual race at a major international meet. German swimmer Paul Biederman bested Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle buy 1:22 seconds. Biederman placed sixth in this event in the Olympics last August. Needless to say, Phelps was upset by this upset. He told reporters,

Deep down inside, I can't be mad. I can't be disappointed. Paul swam a great race. He split that 200 free pretty much perfect. I didn't have anything in the last 50. And when he pulled away from me, I kind of got left pretty quick.

The high-tech swimsuit controversy continues, though. To see how,


Earlier in the week FINA, the international governing board of competitive swimming, decided to regulate both the type and amount of fabric swimmers are allowed to wear in competition. The era of high-tech swimsuits ushered in by Speedo's LZR will end next April. Phelps competed wearing his high-tech suit, but the LZR is now considered old school. Swimsuit manufacturers, Arena and Jake, have created suits that contain even more impermeable panels making swimmers even more buoyant and streamline, and therefore faster. Phelps's coach, Bob Bowman, believes the newer suits are giving swimmers an unfair advantage and he wants a "level the playing field," ditching the high-tech suits. When asked if the swimmer or the suit out swam him, Phelps simply replied, "The swimmer."

What do you think?

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ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I want to start out by saying, I'm not a fan of the suits. I am just fine with FINA banning them in competition, but what I'm torn about is whether we should allow new technology to start breaking records. Some runners are using "cool shirts", tennis shoes are getting higher tech, I'm sure that they poles they use in pole jumping are a much better synthentic material than they ever were. There are technological advancements in each sport - All these things are causing athletes to break records in all fields of sport. So why not swimming? I don't know how I feel about it - where do we stop technology in sports. Technology will continue to advance, I just hope that we don't have robots swimming for our entertainment in the future, you know?
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
Just a quick correction: Biedermann placed 5th in the Olympics, not 6th. I'm really happy FINA has decided to ban these suits, I just hope they really go through with it. Btw, Biederman apparently is happy about this, too. Even when there was still a chance the suits would be banned before these championships, he said he hoped FINA would ban them.
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 8 years
I like that Phelps admitted the swimmer outswam him, and not the suit. Cuz afterall, HE'S wearing a super high tech suit too; if they (the media and swimmers) are going to say the new swimsuits are "doping on a hanger", then Phelps' LZR is just not as much doping.
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