Photo finish of Phelps' .01 victory will not be released

The New York Times is reporting that the actual photo finish of the Michael Phelps’ 7th gold medal will not be released, despite the requests from many in the media.

Apparently Omega has underwater video that slows the action even more than the one-hundredth of a second that Phelps won by….

Christopher Clarey of The International Herald Tribune tracked down Cornel Marculescu, FINA’s executive director, at the Water Cube to ask him about the decision to not release the images. Marculescu said it was a matter of policy, and that the Serbian team was satisfied with the ruling after seeing the images — so there is no need to share the images.

As mentioned last night, the margin of victory is approximately 19.766mm, but I for one would really like to see it close up if they have the footage available.

UPDATE: Check out Sports Illustrated’s frame by frame. You can see the difference.


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