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August 9, 2008 10:49 PM

Olympics: Michael Phelps' first gold medal of the Games

Posted by Rod Mar

Michael Phelps left no doubt at the Aqua Cube this morning as to who is the man to beat at the these Olympic Games.

After setting the Olympic record during his preliminary swim in the 400 individual medley last night, he came back in the morning and bettered his own world record in a time of 4:03:84.

I was shooting from a set of bleachers along the pool deck, about three rows up. Low enough for some drama, high enough to see his face when he took breaths.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)


Phelps hit the wall and turned to see his world-record time:

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

After the gold-medal ceremony, Phelps smiled up at family and friends in the stands.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender = 550mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

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