So many onlookers thought Milorad Cavic beat Michael Phelps in the Beijing Olympic 100m butterfly. Even Phelps himself.
â€œTo a naked eye, he won the race,â€ Phelps said in an Omega documentary first published in 2016.
The 10th anniversary of that final â€” which Phelps won by .01 on a come-from-behind, half-stroke finish â€” is Wednesday night in the U.S./Thursday morning in China.
It marked Phelpsâ€™ seventh gold medal of those Games en route to his final tally of eight, breaking Mark Spitzâ€˜s record for golds at a single Games. But it wasnâ€™t without a little controversy.
Years later, Cavic jabbed again about the results that his Serbian federation unsuccessfully protested in Beijing.
â€œI donâ€™t necessarily feel like it was an injustice,â€ the Serbian said in the 2016 film. â€œMistakes were made on my side. There were things that I could have done better which would have made it a definite victory for myself, but my gut instinct is that I won.â€
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