Charlotte’s Berens beats Phelps
With 50 meters to go in the men’s 200 freestyle Friday night at the Charlotte UltraSwim, Charlotte’s Ricky Berens was clinging to a lead of about half a body length over 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.
As they sprinted to the finish, Phelps pulled closer. “With 15 or 20 meters to go, I kind of felt I was reeling him in a little bit,” Phelps said.
If you watched any of the 2008 Olympics, you probably would guess that what happens next is Phelps would out-touch Berens at the wall.
But he didn’t. Instead, Berens found one last reservoir of energy and finished off the best swimmer in Olympic history, edging Phelps for the victory in front of a sellout hometown crowd of about 1,500 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.