LONDON — He was seventh at the turn.
Once again, just as in Beijing four years ago, Michael Phelps was seventh after 50 meters of the 100-meter butterfly.
For those who don’t understand the Michael Phelps way, this must be sheer agony to watch. It’s tough to watch even for those who understand it completely, like his mother, Debbie, her arms draped over the railing in the stands. The 100 fly is such a short race. To be seventh of eight halfway through, and with his Beijing arch-rival Milorad Cavic leading the race at the halfway mark– surely that is tempting fate, right?
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