Michael Phelps Wins Gold After Serbia's Protest Was Denied

Emily ThompsonCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2008

Michael Phelps looked like he had lost. I thought he had lost; but low and behold, the 23-year-old swimming sensation won. How he did it, I have no idea. For the love of God, Phelps was seventh at the turn!

Phelps won with a time of 50.58. The silver you ask, was won with a time of 50.59.

Serbia's Milorad Cavic, the winner of the silver, was Michael Phelps' inspiration to win. It was France all over again.

Cavic almost touched off controversy in the prelims when, after a race, he appeared to point in Phelps’ direction and make a pistol-shooting motion with his hand. He later said he wasn't trying to make a statement.

Then, low and behold, right before the race, it seems that Mr. Cavic was quoted as saying, "Beating Phelps would be good for him and good for swimming."

Well, Michael Phelps took it to heart and beat Cavic by 1/100th of a second. And his reaction is one which America will treasure forever.

Michael Phelps has tied Mark Spitz with seven gold medals in a single olympic games.

Now, Cavic's coach filed a protest saying Cavic out-touched Phelps. FINA denied the claim and holds up Phelps' victory!

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