The Pulling Power Of Michael Phelps, King Of Flyers Come Textile Reign Or Shiny

Michael Phelps: I'll say this one more time - images by Patrick B. Kraemer

This month, SwimVortex is posting a series of short articles and tables that take stock of how swimmers, coaches and swimming speed have coped with the onslaught of shiny suits in 2008-09. Today: Men’s Butterfly. If there was no other place but Peaty and 57.13 to start when we looked at breaststroke, then on butterfly, Michael Phelps is the foundation stone of standards in the past 16 years, his impact on the all-time lists, his role as pace-setter and pioneer one the starkest examples in swimming history of consistent excellence combined with an ability to win when it counts.

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