Defining Olympic Moment? Phelps By a Hair

By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2008 12:30 PM CDT
United States' Michael Phelps, front, swims beside of Serbia's Milorad Cavic as he is to win the gold in the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek )
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(Newser) – Sure, if Michael Phelps wins his eighth Olympic gold, as he’s expected to do in the men’s relay, all eyes will be on him. And we’ll wonder (even more) if he’s all human or part-fish. But the Olympics' "defining fabulous moment" has already passed, writes Thomas Boswell in the Washington Post. It zipped by when Phelps won his seventh race by the width of a hair.

And like many defining moments, it was peppered with controversy. The coach of silver medalist Milorad Cavic filed a protest, but withdrew it. “We all know electronics are imperfect,” says Cavic, who lost by .01 seconds. “It’s possible [I won]. I’m not about fighting it. I didn't beat Michael Phelps. But perhaps I'm the only guy who had a chance to beat him."  (Read more Michael Phelps stories.)