Was Michael Phelps in the 2008 Olympics?
When Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, he broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz’s 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. This made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row.
Who is the best female swimmer in the Olympics?
The best all-time overall performance in swimming at the Olympic Games is by USA swimmer Michael Phelps. His haul of 23 gold medals between 2004–2016 is the most out of all sports. The highest ranked female swimmer is Jenny Thompson, also from the US, with 12 medals including 8 gold.
Who is the fastest swimmer in the world?
Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps can swim the 200-meter freestyle in approximately 1.42 minutes, which equates to a speed of about 4.7 mph (miles per hour) or 7.6 km/h (kilometers per hour). A sailfish could cover 200 meters in about 10 seconds!
Who won a medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics?
List of 2008 Summer Olympics medal winners. Ryan Lochte (bronze), Michael Phelps (gold), and László Cseh (silver) show off the medals they earned from the men’s 400 metre individual medley.
How many swimming events are there in the 2008 Summer Olympics?
The newly introduced open water marathon events (10 km) were held on 20 and 21 August 2008 at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. Swimming featured 34 events (17 male, 17 female), including two 10 km open-water marathons. The remaining 32 were contested in a 50 m long course pool within the Olympic Park.
How deep is the swimming pool at the 2008 Olympics?
All the swimming, synchronized swimming, and diving events of the 2008 Olympics were held at the Beijing National Aquatics Center (better known as the “Water Cube”), which was claimed to be built to increase the speed of the swimmers. The main pool is about 10 feet (3.0 m) deep, 3 feet (0.91 m) deeper than any other Olympic pool.
Who was the favorite in the 4×100 relay at the 2008 Olympics?
Before the race, French swimmer Alain Bernard said France came to “smash” the U.S. France was the favorite in the 4×100 relay at the 2008 Olympics. Initially, Australia got out to the lead. However, France stormed back and had a lead on the U.S. in the final leg.