Monday, August 11, 2008

A race for the ages: fantastic finish by US relay team earns gold

Yesterday the US men's 400-meter freestyle relay team won a gold medal in what may become known as one of the the most astonishing come-from-behind wins in Olympic swimming history. The French team was favored to win, and led most of the race.
The photo above (David Gray/Reuters) shows the reaction of Michael Phelps and Garrett Weber-Gale after realizing their teammate Jason Lezak, who anchored the relay, won in a photo-finish. The US had trailed France most of the race, and with just 20 yards to go, the French swimmer appeared to be leading by half a body length. Hopes for a US victory seemed unlikely. Lezak turned on the speed and miraculously overtook the French swimmer at the wall.
The above photo (AP/Thomas Kienzle) shows teammates Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak, Michael Phelps and Garrett Weber-Gale the receiving their gold medals.

It was a thrill. Wow.

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