"If Michael Phelps were his own country he would rank third in gold medals ahead of Russia." (Boston Globe).
Following the swimming events we then had track and field to check out and the race to determine the fastest man in the world. American Tyson Gay did not make it into the finals but American Walter Dix did and had a chance to medal. The speedy Jamaicans placed three in the finals including former world record holder Asafa Powell. But the man to watch was Usain Bolt - all 6'5" of him. He blew away the competition in the prelims and the finals was simply beautiful to watch. He beat his world record that he set in May by 0.03 seconds. The crazy thing was once he knew he was ahead he actually slowed down with about 20 meters remaining and still ran a "Phelpsian" 9.69 and one of the analyst said it would have been a 9.59 if he ran hard to the finish line. I personally think this guy can run a 9.5 and it's hard to imagine he is new to running the 100m. American Dix ended up with the bronze and he and Gay have something to look forward to in racing against Bolt.