Sydney 2000, An Overview … & The Morning Eric The Eel Was More Famous Than Thorpey

Ian Thorpe - by Patrick B. Kraemer [Inset: Eric the Eel by CAL]

Our memory of the first Games of this century draws to an end, one more tale to recall – the men’s 1500m. Here’s an overview of the Games, our series, more winners, world records and this: “At the turn, Eric the Eel vanished. He was under a long time. A hush descended on the crowd”

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Our memory of the first Games of this century draws to an end, one more tale to recall – the men’s 1500m. Here’s an overview of the Games, our series, more winners, world records and this: “At the turn, Eric the Eel vanished. He was under a long time. A hush descended on the crowd”

Comments

Ger

It seemed it was destiny that Eric should have the pool to himself with the two fall-overs clearing the stage. He really went for it that first 50. That he survived was worth a gold medal in itself.
I loved the bit on the video with the superimposed record line.

Yozhik

When I heard the shocking news of Rebecca Adlington’s retirement the first thing that came to my mind was Eric Moussambani’s “race”. He actually made it to be a good swimmer.

Eugene

I heard that The Eel continued to train and eventually improved his 100 time to 56 seconds, which is pretty solid. Are there any proofs for that or is it just a legend?

Yozhik

That is what Wiki says.

Craig Lord

In this case, it is correct, Yozhik (not always so with a large number of swimming references, unfortunately)

Eugene

Maybe I even read this on wikipedia, don’t remember. Anyway, if it’s true, he is pretty talented dude.

Yozhik

Ger, sometimes we can control our destiny. Eric may was’t a good swimmer yet, but he was definitely more educated in English than his competitors to understand that “get set” is not a signal to start the race. 🙂

Yozhik

But if to be serious there was a reason why Eric became so famous. As Craig wrote the crowd attitude has changed as struggling for serviving got to the dangerous point. They knew that this guy won’t use pool lane and won’t stand on his feet, because it meant too much to him to swim at Olympic race. This person will never skip the WC final.

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