Michael Phelps Went the Distance

Adam AmickSenior Writer IAugust 15, 2008

There are 100 meters to the 100-Meter Butterfly event at the Summer Olympics.

Not 99, not 98...100

Michael Phelps showed why he is the world's best swimmer moments ago at the Water Cube in Beijing by taking...TAKING, the Gold medal in the men's 100 fly from Serbia's Milorad Cavic.

Cavic obviously didn't get the memo on the race distance.

A NHL hockey game is 60 minutes. The Daytona 500 is 500 miles.

And the 100 fly is 100 meters.

No more, no less.

Michael Phelps trailed the whole way and was about to be upset on his bid to tie Mark Spitz for seven gold medals at one Olympic Games.

But he went the distance.

Cavic didn't.

Stop playing before time expires, and you can get beat.

Stop racing before the checkered flag, and you can get passed.

Fail to give 100 percent for 100 percent of the time, and someone who does can and will beat you.

Life lesson Milorad: second place is the first loser.

You tried to stretch it and not push that final stroke. Michael put in the extra stroke and took the win from you by one one-hundredth of a second.

He TOOK it from you. He wanted it more; he went the distance.

And that's why Michael Phelps is the best in the world and the greatest Olympic champion in history.