Where were you in 2008 during the greatest Olympic swimming race of all time? We all remember that moment watching it on TV – it was truly unforgettable. You all know what race we’re talking about.

For this week’s #WhiteboardWednesday episode, we’re analyzing the Michael Phelps vs. Milorad Čavić 100 Butterfly final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where Phelps won by only 0.01 seconds. He truly is The G.O.A.T. 🐐

Watch and learn as we break down every second of one of the most dramatic races in history.

Michael Phelps vs. Milorad Čavić:

Michael Phelps broke history with this race and won his 7th gold medal at a single Olympics. Phelps powered through the second half of this race, only to win by one-hundredth of a second – the slimmest margin possible!

Final Result:

  • Michael Phelps: 50.58 (24.06, 26.52)
  • Milorad Čavić: 50.59 (23.42)

It is also important to note, that this event was Michael Phelps’ 7th event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. There’s no doubt that he is considered The G.O.A.T. – The Greatest Of All Time.

The Greatest Olympic Relay Of All Time

Want more reviews like this one? Check out our in-depth analysis on the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Jason Lezak anchored for the United States in a 46.06! It has been said over and over again that this is the most incredible relay split in Olympic History. We’d argue it’s the most incredible swimming performance period. It’s one of those moments that if you were watching it live, you knew where you were standing and who you were with.

Read the full blog post here >

We hope this video was helpful in understanding how incredible this race was for the sport of swimming and sports in general!

Until next time, happy swimming!

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