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ande
August 30th, 2008, 06:54 AM
Aussie swimmer says rivals' mistakes helped Phelps
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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Mistakes by his rivals helped American Michael Phelps win eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, world record-breaking Australian swimmer Eamon Sullivan said Friday.

Sullivan, who broke the world 100 meter freestyle record in the semifinals at Beijing but finished second in the final, said Phelps was able to break Mark Spitz's record of seven golds at one Olympics through good fortune and some small errors by rivals.

"There was an element of luck," Sullivan said.

Phelps came from behind to beat Serbia's Milorad Cavic by 0.01 seconds in the 100 meter butterfly final and needed an outstanding swim by anchorman Jason Lezak to win gold in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay.

"One hundred flys...always comes down to finishes and some would say Cavic's finish was it was at that point 50-50 whether you take another stroke or you take a glide," Sullivan said.

"You see Phelpsy took another stroke, he (Cavic) took a glide and obviously (Phelps') arms are coming over at a faster pace.

"He (Phelps) made the right decision and the other guy made the wrong decision.

"But if he (Phelps) had made the other decision he might not have been as lucky and he might have come away with a second and he would have come away with equaling (Spitz's record).

"I'm not saying he didn't deserve it, I'm saying he did everything he could do to win those golds and he came away with it, but at the same time there were little mistakes by other people that allowed him to do that."

Sullivan expects to clash with Phelps in the 50m and 100m freestyle at next year's world championships and warned the American of stiffer competition ahead.

"I guess what else is left to do for him except come down and win races he hasn't won before?" Sullivan said.

"When you are the greatest swimmer ever I guess you can afford to do that.

"He's accomplished so much already, he wants to accomplish more.

"He better bring his A-game because us sprint boys are a different league and we are not going go easy on him."


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ViveBene
August 30th, 2008, 07:16 AM
I should think making right decisions, making wrong decisions, and luck are factors in the outcome of any single race.

VB

mctrusty
August 30th, 2008, 07:24 AM
I'd bet Phelpsy would agree that he got a little help but...
There's a lot of hard work that goes into luck. Michael Jordan always seemed to be lucky on a more consistent basis than others.

ViveBene
August 30th, 2008, 10:55 AM
"Luck favors the prepared."

Motivation also play a BIG role.

Looks like Eamon Sullivan wants a little more recognition for his own efforts. Didn't he set a new WR in prelims? One that wasn't exceeded in the finals? (I could be wrong.)

VB

Jeff Commings
August 30th, 2008, 11:04 AM
I bet Eamon was hoping for a little luck in the final of the 100 free.

smontanaro
August 30th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Shouldn't Sullivan thank Phelps for pushing him in that relay to get the WR?

S

scyfreestyler
August 30th, 2008, 11:47 AM
"He better bring his A-game because us sprint boys are a different league and we are not going go easy on him."

Yes, because Phelps is known to drag ass in his races, feeling comfort that his competition will always permit him to win. :rolleyes:

quicksilver
August 30th, 2008, 02:05 PM
"He better bring his A-game because us sprint boys are a different league and we are not going go easy on him."



Want to bet this gets taped up on the inside of his (Phelps's) locker.

tjrpatt
August 30th, 2008, 02:32 PM
I am sure that Phelps would agree. Sullivan is just pissed that Stephanie Rice is in heat over Phelps. You have to remember that Phelps is beyond human. Pure humans could win the 100 fly like that. Pure humans couldn't win the 200 fly, Helen Keller style. Pure Humans couldn't win gold medals in their 5th best event, the 200 free. He is like a diatee(don't know the real spelling) or something. There is God, Jesus, Spirits, Phelps and then Oprah. Phelps is higher than Oprah. And you know that Mrs. O isn't happy about that. Now, if Phelps becomes the top sprinter in the world, he might be a god.

fanstone
August 30th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Deity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deity

dclaryjr
August 31st, 2008, 12:37 AM
"Luck favors the prepared."



VB

"Luck is the residue of design." --Branch Rickey

haroldbuck
August 31st, 2008, 12:48 AM
"Luck is the residue of design." --Branch Rickey

"Luck is where preparation meets opportunity."

The Fortress
August 31st, 2008, 08:13 AM
Sullivan is just pissed that Stephanie Rice is in heat over Phelps ... There is God, Jesus, Spirits, Phelps and then Oprah. Phelps is higher than Oprah.

People Magazine spilling into another thread ...

I think perhaps, hard to tell, that you meant the word "deity."

funkyfish
August 31st, 2008, 01:13 PM
"Luck is where preparation meets opportunity."

"They're always after me lucky charms.":wiggle:

tjrpatt
August 31st, 2008, 01:38 PM
People Magazine spilling into another thread ...

I think perhaps, hard to tell, that you meant the word "deity."

yeah, I had no clue of the spelling.

breastroker
September 9th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Come on people, lets be real. Cavic was STUPID, HORRIBLE at the finish. Even 12 year olds are taught to kick into the walls. You just DON"T GLIDE in.

Just one dolphin would have given him a Gold, and he could have done several quick dolphins. I blame his coaches. Phelps does all the little things to win. Each phase is just as important as the others in winning. The start, underwaters, first stroke up, the turn, the finish are all equally important.

Cavic blew it.