BEIJING -- When
High up in the steep slopes of the press tribune, radio announcers seemed to burst off the blocks, too. As they delivered excited lap-by-lap reports in Spanish, Chinese, Turkish and dozens of other tongues, the only common sounds were "Michael Phelps!" For the first few minutes of the race, Phelps matched the broadcasters' staccato cadence, churning through the first 150 meters under world-record pace. Then he apparently remembered where he was -- the qualifying heats of the first of his eight events -- and eased his foot off the gas. He finished in 4:07.82, beating his four-year-old Olympic record by half a second. "I didn't think it would be that fast in the prelims," he said afterward. "It's going to shape up for a pretty good race tomorrow."
Phelps was one of the swimmers teammate
You have to wonder is Hansen is as unperturbed as he appears. After all, he has had a bead on an individual Olympic gold medal ever since he met
He was foiled four years ago in Athens, when Kitajima won both breaststroke events. The victory in the 100 was controversial.
Overall, the U.S. had an impressive start to its Olympic mission. Aside from
The team that opened a lot of eyes Saturday night was host China, which had been flying under the radar the last few years. When asked last month what he knew about the Chinese team, U.S. women's head coach