Memories of Melbourne 2007 World Titles & ‘The Greatest Performance of All Time’

Michael Phelps celebrates 200 'fly victory in the Susie O'Neill back in 2007 … eight years on he's racing remotely as world titles unfold - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Mark Schubert, head USA coach at Melbourne 2007 world titles, described Michael Phelps’ performance at the meet as “the greatest performance of all-time” – on Phelps’ 30th birthday we look back at a press conference that paid tribute to and noted the team value of a partnership storming towards Beijing and a second shot at a Spitzean 7 – plus 1

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Mark Schubert, head USA coach at Melbourne 2007 world titles, described Michael Phelps’ performance at the meet as “the greatest performance of all-time” – on Phelps’ 30th birthday we look back at a press conference that paid tribute to and noted the team value of a partnership storming towards Beijing and a second shot at a Spitzean 7 – plus 1

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aswimfan

I so totally agree.
In my opinion, 2007 Melbourne is Phelps peak performance.

Clive Rushton

Melbourne 2007 was stunning. His 150m turn in the 200 free changed the sport as we know it. Privileged to have been in the stands.

Clive Rushton

Craig and John: terrific series of articles. Important to remind us all if the history.

skugi

I agree, he was even better in Melbourne than Beijing but it’s under the rug because of the suits. Also agree it was the greatest performance in swimming all time. 400IM, a 4.06 after the entire meet in just a FSII jammer was a pleasure and privilege to watch.

aswimfan

I agree with Clive. That 150m turn was the one thing that made him break Thorpe’s WR, and the coronation of the fifth stroke.

stabilo

Great article. Strange to say about someone who was already an 8x Olympic medallist, but for me Melbourne – and the 200Free – was where things got serious. The BBC commentary is very amusing to listen to, especially THAT turn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MJA1o0odw8.

luigi

I also agree that Melbourne was his highest point. Especially the way he, not being primarily a freestyler, hijacked the 200 free thanks to his under-waters.

mcgillrocks

Not just Phelps, but the entire US team swam incredibly.

20 Gold medals (could have been 21 but for the relay) in 40 events is an incredible achievement.

In terms of team dominance, I think only London 2012 is greater for the US (16 golds in 32 events at the Olympics).

Even as swimming has progressed into greater expansion across the world, as recently as 2012 the US swept half of all gold medals and almost averaged a medal per event.

Ger

@stabilo: Yes, Andy Jameson on the BBC did get very, “excited” with Phelps turn. Sounded like he was having a bit of a “turn” himself.

Craig Lord

Thanks Clive

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