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|Author: ||out performed???|
|Subject: ||RE: USA SMASHES FRANCE IN THE 4*1 FREE!|
That being said that victory today, while not "smashing" the French, was tremendous. I think almost every leg of your team out performed what anyone would have reasonably expected of them and made a fantastic race.
I don't care about anything you said until this part. No, they did not "smash" the French time-wise, but they obliterated their confidence, psyche, and most of all their pride. The "smash" term was in reference to the Frenchman who was talking trash saying they would "smash" the Americans. Haha. So, even though they didn't directly smash them in terms of finish time, I think it is safe to make the comment "The Americans smashed the French in the 4x100m relay".
Moving to your next point, nobody reasonably expected them to perform that well? Nobody reasonably expected Michael Phelps to set an AR? Are you kidding me? Throw that guy in a pool, tell him to swim a distance with a specific stroke and he will do it faster than any human ever could before him (Obvious exaggeration, but you get the point). Cullen Jones just swam 47.6 the day before in the prelims - hence why he was on the team in the first place. Kind of easy to predict what he was capable of. GWG swam a 47 flat, which is not unreasonable. The only "unreasonable" leg was Lezak, but anything that is faster than the fastest ever is "unreasonable" to expect. But he is the closer over Michael Phelps for a reason.
Nice try for undermining how great of swimmers that american quartet is, they were the better team and they proved it on that day. They were all capable of those times, its just a matter of who puts it together on the day.
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