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    Phelps. Reasons involve things I'd not like to go into for legal reasons.
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    You can't dangle the bait like that & then lift it away! It's inhumane!!

    Anyway, Bolt for me, regardless. Became the world's fastest human being with (to paraphrase that great line from Chariots of Fire) the apparent effortlessness of a god.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Phelps. Reasons involve things I'd not like to go into for legal reasons.
    Bolt violated you?

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    Phelps, just.

    The fact that Phelps did something no-one has ever done before (8 Gold, 8 Olympic Records, 7 World Records), and isn't likely to (unless he does it again himself) in the near future was the over-riding factor for me. No doubt Bolts winning margins were impressive, but apart from the 100 fly, it was the same for Phelps really.
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    Bolt.

    Phelps broke this many records and blah blah...so did the guy who came second and third in alot of those. The pool is three metres deep (less resitance) there were extra lanes on the side to avoid wash from the walls.

    As Roy and HG said, all records and times from beijing should not stand...it's not an olympic sized pool.
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    Phelps although Bolt did win with more 'style', 8 gold medals is just incredible.
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    Bolt..because many thought he wont break the 200 m record...

    as for Phelps almost all was the opinion that he would win the 8 gold and WR's as said by shaggy was too many in pool.....
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    Interesting/amusing reasoning

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    You can't dangle the bait like that & then lift it away! It's inhumane!!

    Anyway, Bolt for me, regardless. Became the world's fastest human being with (to paraphrase that great line from Chariots of Fire) the apparent effortlessness of a god.
    I dont think that the 200 was effortless, he put everything into it and threw himself at the line. The 100 was nothing for him though.

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    Phelps, just.

    The fact that Phelps did something no-one has ever done before
    Had anyone else ran the 200 in 19.30 into a 0.09 (iirc) head wind. Dont think so.

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    and isn't likely to (unless he does it again himself) in the near future was the over-riding factor for me.
    Same goes for Bolt and the above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    Phelps didn't have the charisma of Bolt, but what Phelps did has never been done before and there's a good chance it won't ever be done again. So Phelps for me.
    what bolt did has never been done before either...winning the sprint triple, all of it in world record times...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobisback View Post
    I dont think that the 200 was effortless, he put everything into it and threw himself at the line. The 100 was nothing for him though.



    Had anyone else ran the 200 in 19.30 into a 0.09 (iirc) head wind. Dont think so.



    Same goes for Bolt and the above.
    I was excluding the world/olympic records, because both guys broke world records with ease. People have won 3 golds on the track before, and it's likely to happen again. No-one has ever won 8 golds at the one olympics (and that is far less likely to happen again), and no-one has ever won as many gold medals as Michael Phelps, period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anil View Post
    what bolt did has never been done before either...winning the sprint triple, all of it in world record times...
    Betty Cuthbert, 1956.

    200 & 4x100 were definitely WR. I know she set a record in the 100m, not sure if it was world or olympic though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clapo View Post
    Betty Cuthbert, 1956.

    200 & 4x100 were definitely WR. I know she set a record in the 100m, not sure if it was world or olympic though.
    well the commentators were saying it has never been done before, don't know whether they were specifically talking about men...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anil View Post
    what bolt did has never been done before either...winning the sprint triple, all of it in world record times...
    I am sure that is a great achievement but what Phelps achieved hasn't been done either ever in Olympics. No one has won 8 Gold medals in a single Olympic and all of that by breaking Olympic Records in each of the event (7 WR and 1 OR).

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