The 14-time Olympic gold medallist, Michael Phelps dictated terms to his competitors by seizing gold medal of the Men’s 100m butterfly on first day of the 2011-12 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series on Friday, January 13.
The contest is second juncture of seven-stop series, which is taking place at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
North Baltimore’s Phelps was largely predicted for occupying top finish in the butterfly swim. The 26-year-old Phelps went full throttle in the double lap butterfly event and ended his race with a top fastest time of 52.41 seconds.
He remained half a body length away from his subsequent competitor, Tyler T McGill of Auburn Aquatics, leaving no doubt about his victory. The 24-year-old McGill remained 0.55 seconds slower than the champion and reached the finishing end with a timing of 52.96 seconds for silver medal.
The silver medallist was trailed by Davis E Tarwater of SwimMAC Carolina, who stayed 0.34 seconds slower than McGill and completed his swim in a time of 53.30 seconds for bronze medal.
On the other hand, the crowd witness a relentless effort of California Aquatics’ Dana W Vollmer, who earned gold medal of the Women’s 100m butterfly. Vollmer experienced an intense battle from Jemma Lowe of BSS in the two-lap butterfly event, but she managed to out-touch her on the finishing end.
The 24-year-old Vollmer sprinted her way towards the finishing wall by posting a gold winning time of 58.02 seconds. Her effort was just 0.14 seconds faster than Lowe, who hit the wall with a timing of 58.16 seconds for silver medal.
The 21-year-old Lowe was 1.06 seconds ahead of her following rival, Natalie A Coughlin, who clocked an effort of 59.22 seconds for third position of the race.
The spectators appreciated gruelling efforts of all contestants, who tried to secure a podium finish in their exclusive events while the session came to an end after the completion of all races.
In addition, Phelps expressed contentment after winning the title of butterfly swim. With his commendable victory, he asserted his plans for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games.