Wednesday, July 29, 2009
After stunning loss, Phelps rebounds with record
ROME – Now that's more like it. Michael Phelps bounced back from a stunning loss with something more familiar — another world record Wednesday.
One night after he was soundly beaten by Germany's Paul Biedermann, Phelps set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 51.51 seconds — more than a half-second ahead of his previous mark, 1:52.03.
Phelps whipped around quickly to see his time and held up his right index finger when the "WR" was posted. And just like Beijing, he has taken down another Mark Spitz's standards, this time with the 34th world record of his career — one more than Spitz had during his brilliant run in the pool.