Day Eight: Ta-ra Phelps, Go On My Sun, Double Dutch

- It still seems kind of unfair that Sun Yang can swim that quickly without any apparent effort. I was willing him to go under 14.30 but hey, a WR is a WR. Mad props to Ryan Cochrane for going under 14.40 for the first time and Oz Mellouli for pacing himself well for bronze.

- Ranomi got the double! My favourite Dutch sprinter has had a brilliant games with two golds and a silver, not to mention the fastest ever split on the 4x100 relay (51.93 - compared with her 52.30 shiny split in Rome 2009). Huge well done to her. I shall try and dig out a photo of Ranomi sticking her tongue out at Alex Herasimenia on the podium.

- SwimNews managed not to use the phrase ‘comeback Mum’ to describe Marleen Veldhuis = LOUD CHEERS TICKERTAPE ETC

- Staggeringly good WR swim for the US ladies in the medley relay:

Missy Franklin (58.50)
Rebecca Soni (1:04.82)
Dana Vollmer (55.48) <—- WOW
Allison Schmitt (53.25)

- Staggeringly good 4th place for the GB men too! As Liam said to Sharron, they came into the event ranked 13th and stepped up brilliantly. I bet they were crossing their fingers for a DQ! Looking at the splits, there were no real weak legs: Adam Brown’s free was faster than Takaro Fuji’s, Liam’s back was faster than Hayden Stoeckel’s, MJ and Rocky’s breast and fly were only a few tenths off the Aussies and Japanese. Good work boys.

- Michael Phelps’ final competitive swim was a golden one. I’m glad he’s gone out on a high, but I’m also glad he’s gone full stop so the next generation can come through e.g CHAD CHAD CHAD. He’s going to be a STAR.

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