Where were you in 2008 during the greatest swimming race of all time? We all remember that moment watching it on TV – it was truly unforgettable. You all know what race we’re talking about.

For this week’s #WhiteboardWednesday episode, we’re analyzing the Michael Phelps vs. Milorad Čavić 100 Butterfly final at the 2008 Games Beijing, where Phelps won by only 0.01 seconds. He truly is The G.O.A.T. 🐐

Watch and learn as we break down every second of one of the most dramatic races in history.

Michael Phelps vs. Milorad Čavić:

Michael Phelps broke history with this race and won his 7th gold medal at a single Games. Phelps powered through the second half of this race, only to win by one-hundredth of a second – the slimmest margin possible!

Final Result:

  • Michael Phelps: 50.58 (24.06, 26.52)
  • Milorad Čavić: 50.59 (23.42)

It is also important to note, that this event was Michael Phelps’ 7th event at the 2008 Games. There’s no doubt that he is considered The G.O.A.T. – The Greatest Of All Time.

The Greatest Relay Of All Time

Want more reviews like this one? Check out our in-depth analysis on the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay from 2008.

Jason Lezak anchored for the United States in a 46.06! It has been said over and over again that this is the most incredible relay split in Games history. We’d argue it’s the most incredible swimming performance period. It’s one of those moments that if you were watching it live, you knew where you were standing and who you were with.

Read the full blog post here >

We hope this video was helpful in understanding how incredible this race was for the sport of swimming and sports in general!

Until next time, happy swimming!



  1. Russell Ramsey on

    Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time, and also the greatest swimmer of all time. No other swimmer has controlled all four events, plus the medley swims, with the same level of dominance. He did this across a span of 5 Olympiads. His World Competition [FINA] results are equally dominant. It is not scientifically possible to calculate the greatest ATHLETE of all
    time because sports differ too much in content and pertinent factors. He deserves the life he now leads, raising a family and being a husband. His achievements are appropriate to discuss alongside the works of Tom Brady in football, Tiger Woods in golf, and a couple more in basketball and soccer/football.
    Russell W Ramsey, Ph.D.,holder of ONE long distance world record in Masters Swimming.

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