Friday, July 4, 2008

Its about expectations-good sports story

We still aren't happy personally despite the good news regarding

1. ourselves

2. our families

3. our people

4. our shuls

5. our country

That's why we are supposed to bless 100x a day

As Phelps Sulks, His Runner-Up Celebrates

Published: July 3, 2008
OMAHA — What a contrast. Michael Phelps won his third event of the United States Olympic trials Wednesday night — the 200-meter butterfly, which he has dominated since 2001. But he fell short of the world record and acted almost as if he had lost.Garrett Weber-Gale set the American record of 47.78 in his preliminary heat of the 100-meter freestyle.

Then there was the runner-up, Gil Stovall. Thrilled about making his first Olympic team, Stovall pumped his fist after seeing the results on the scoreboard.
Such is the difference in expectations. Phelps finished in 1 minute 52.20 seconds, a trials record and the second-best time of his career, but fell 0.11 of a second short of matching his world mark set last year. Phelps added to his trials victories in the 400 individual medley on Sunday (4:05.25, breaking his world record) and the 200 freestyle on Tuesday (1:44.10, lowering his trials mark from 2004).

Although Phelps owns 9 of the 11 fastest 200 butterfly times in history, he still was not happy.

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