I know the Olympics are generally GorT’s beat, but holy cow, what a crazy race the men’s 100m butterfly was. All credit to Serbia’s Milorad Čavić for taking it to Phelps without the slightest sign of fear or hesitation. One one-hundredth of a second is a ludicrous margin of victory: it’s literally imperceptible. I can see why Čavić’s coaches protested; by the same token, if you’re judging by computer out to hundredths of a second (and is 0.01 second a reliable margin of error on these instruments?!), you have to go with what the computer says, unless you’re going to have video review with a MythBusters-style high-speed camera.
Congrats to Michael Phelps; well done, Gospodin Čavić; and holy crap, is it amazing that Crocker’s 2005 world record is still in place.
UPDATE: Oops. Milorad Čavić isn’t really “Serbia’s.” He’s was born in Anaheim, went to Cal-Berkeley, and is swimming for his parents’ country.
UPDATE 2: And all praise to Mark Spitz. His comments to Phelps were utterly gracious and perfectly pitched for the occasion.
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.