Seventy-two hours after the race, Omega, the timing system that governs the Olympics, came up with a physical explanation of what had occurred: I had touched the wall first, but Phelps had activated the wall first. Throughout the history of swimming it was always understood that the swimmer who touches the wall first is the winner. But for the first time in our sport’s history, that was proven false. The swimmer who activates the touchpad on the wall with seven and a half pounds of pressure first is the winner. In the end, that was the difference — I simply didn’t touch the wall with enough force to set off the touchpad before Phelps did.
I Beat Michael Phelps by a Fingertip but Only Got a Silver Medal
As Told to MEL
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Shut the front door!! What? This is ridiculous!! I hope that things have changed. Have they?

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