Phelps Doesn’t Know How to Swim the 50

May 16, 2009 at 10:35 am by Terez in Michael Phelps

Terez, did I win? Damn it...I need a drink...

Terez, did I win? Damn it...I need a drink...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A 50-meter specialist, he’s not.Michael Phelps got a dose of reality Saturday morning in the 50-meter freestyle, an event he entered mainly to work on a new straight-arm stroke he’ll use in the 100 free. The swimmer who won eight gold medals in Beijing was assigned to lane one in the third of 11 heats — surely the first time in years he’s gone that early — and lived down to expectations by touching in 23.24 seconds, far off Frederick Bousquet’s world record of 20.94.

“I don’t even know how to swim the 50. I don’t really know what to do,” Phelps said. “After watching the video, I saw some things I can change. My head position the first 25 was not too good. I was too deep. I had a giant wave over my head.”

Phelps’ time was eighth-fastest of the preliminaries, which would have been good enough to get him the last spot in the evening final. But he quickly scratched, sticking to his plan to focus on the 100 backstroke.

Phelps’ offseason workout regimen has been a mixture of drinking, 3 ways, and  reefer…He’s knows how to do all that. -TO