Ian Crocker, Whose 100m ‘Fly Speed Phelps Never Outshone, To Grace The Hall Of Fame

Ian Crocker by Patrick B. Kraemer

Ian Crocker is bound for the International Hall of Fame. Twice a World champion over 100m butterfly, he was the man Michael Phelps gave way to in 2004 when it came to racing in the final of the Olympic 4x100m medley relay for the United States of American. Phelps had pipped him for the gold he sought but the teen who gave up his right to the medley relay slot in Athens as he practiced for those eight golds in 2008 with six golds four years earlier, would end his career in 2016 never having raced faster than Crocker over two long-course laps butterfly. It took a 50.39 from Joe Schooling in Rio to surpass the textile-suit pace of Crocker’s 50.40 in 2005

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