Did Phelps Actually Touch First?

The primary reaction as Michael Phelps took gold in the 100m ↵butterfly Friday seemed to be disbelief. Our eyes ↵didn't really fool us -- take a look at this Associated ↵Press photo (Phelps is on top, silver medalist Milorad ↵Cavic is on the bottom).
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↵We believe in technology and the sanctity of international ↵competition. But our snap judgment and this photo ↵from the finish indicate a Cavic victory. The Serbian team ↵appealed, but the swimming authority denied the claim, ↵ruling the video evidence agreed that Phelps won.
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↵Adding to the suspicion: the swimming authority (FINA) won't ↵release the evidence Phelps won. FINA says the Serbs ↵have seen the footage and agreed with the result ... but ↵for some reason, the federation won't make the evidence ↵public. I'm glad Phelps got the gold, and lordy that was a ↵thrilling race. But I'm a bit concerned we're going to find ↵out this was a sham 20 years from now. FINA could assuage ↵those fears by letting everyone see the proof.
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↵What do you think, based on what we have seen?
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↵Did Phelps touch first? ↵
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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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