Sluggish Michael Phelps is not swimmer we expected in Lond
July 28, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
LONDON - For the first time since he was 15 years old swimming in his first Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, Michael Phelps entered an Olympic race and didn't come away from it with a medal.
What a stunning turn of events this was - and in the first swimming race of the 2012 Olympics. There was Phelps, perhaps the greatest Olympian ever, pulling himself out of the pool badly beaten, and despondent afterward.
"It was just a crappy race," he said after finishing fourth. "It's frustrating for sure … just really frustrating to start off on a bad note like this."
For the first time in 12 years, Phelps was not the swimming god we have known him to be since Athens in 2004, but a vanquished veteran swimmer who looked sluggish and lackluster in what once was his signature event - and almost from the moment he left the starting block.