BARCELONA - There is no doubt in anyone's minds now, Michael Phelps is the swimmer of the championships, and he's still got more to come. In one of the top swimming performances of all time, Phelps shattered the world record and annihalated two of the best 200 IMers in the world, Massimiliano Rosolini (ITA) and Jani Sievinen (FIN) as well Ian Thorpe (AUS), one of the greatest in his own right, finished well back in second. And all that was after Phelps had just broken the world record in the 100 fly. Phelps is beyond great, he is incredible.
Grant Hackett (AUS) continued his untouchable status again tonight, winning in 7:43.82. The swim was good, with Hackett on world record pace until the final 100. 18-year-old Larsen Jensen (USA) had a fine swim, securing silver with his best time of 7:48.09. Igor Chervynskyi (UKR) also swam a PB to get bronze with a 7:53.15. "7:48 was my goal time," said Jensen. "I was close to Hackett but at the end he just took off. Hopefully next year I will be even closer."