Crocker stands in Phelps's wayIan Crocker For the British football commentator, see Ian Crocker (commentator)
Ian Lowell Crocker (born August 31, 1982 in Portland, Maine) is an American swimmer who won gold medals in both the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics as a member of national team in the 4x100 medley is prepared to become public-enemy number one in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and stop Michael Phelps's bid for a record eight golds in Beijing if it means he realises his own dreams of Olympic glory.
Phelps is well on the way to making yet more sporting history, having won six golds already, all in world record times, and so become the dominant figure at these Games, in and out of the Water Cube.
But Saturday sees him racing in the final of the 100 metres butterfly, an event where compatriot com·pa·tri·ot
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2. A colleague.
[French compatriote, from Late Latin compatri Crocker is the world record-holder.
That makes him the man most likely to deny Phelps, whose 12 career Olympic golds are unsurpassed by any other athlete, the chance of equalling the record of seven golds at a single Games set 36 years ago by another US swimming star, Mark Spitz bgcolor="#cccccc" align=center ! colspan="3" | Olympic Games align=center bgcolor=white valign=middle |bgcolor=gold| Gold || 1968 Mexico City || 4x100 m freestyle relay align=center bgcolor=white valign=middle |bgcolor=gold| Gold , in Munich.
Crocker though insisted he wasn't the only dangerman, saying Serbia's Milorad Cavic could ruin the script.
"People point at me, but Cavic is looking good and it'll be a tight race," Crocker said.
Athletics, the spiritual heart of any Olympics, may have only got underway on Friday but Saturday sees what many still consider the centrepiece of the Games - the final of the men's 100m.
With the Jamaican duo of Usain Bolt Usain Bolt (born 21 August1986) is a Jamaican sprinter and current world junior and Jamaican record holder over 200 m. Early life
Bolt was born Trelawny, Jamaica) and educated at William Knibb High School. and Asafa Powell Asafa Powell (born 23 November 1982) is a Jamaican sprinter who currently holds the 100 m world record with a time of 9.74 seconds. Career
Asafa Powell planned to be an engineer before he took up running whilst studying in Kingston, Jamaica. , as well as US speedster speed·ster
1. One who drives very fast.
2. A fast car. Tyson Gay vying for gold, the final has the potential to be a classic assuming the trio get through their semis.
But fans and officials will be hoping desperately the acclaim lavished on the winner doesn't subsequently turn into disillusionment Disillusionment
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Angry Young Men
disillusioned postwar writers of Britain, such as Osborne and Amis. [Br. Lit. at the news of yet another failed dope test, as has been the case with so many sprint champions in the recent past.
World record-holder Bolt was the pick of the field on Friday, posting a time of 9.92 seconds in his second round heat despite visibly slowing down as he neared the line.
Former world record-holder Powell of Jamaica won his heat in a slower time of 10.02secs while world champion Gay only finished second in his heat.
"I just ran the first 50 metres and then I looked round to make sure I was safe and I shut it off," said Bolt. "Yes, I'm ready for my best," he added.
Saturday also sees the conclusion of the heptathlon heptathlon: see under decathlon.
Women's athletics competition. Contestants take part in seven different track-and-field events: 100-m hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, javelin throw, and 200- and 800-m runs. , with Hyleas Fountain of the United States the overnight leader.
China, still top of the medals table, will look for more badminton success after women's doubles duo Du Jing and Yu Yang won Friday the first of what could be a clean-sweep of five golds for the hosts.
Britain's Chris Hoy, having anchored the team to victory in Friday's team sprint at the Laoshan Velodrome in the keirin while team-mate Bradley Wiggins is the outstanding favourite for the individual pursuit.
Meanwhile Swiss star Roger Federer will claim his first Olympic medal when he teams-up with Stanislas Wawrinka in men's doubles tennis final where they face Sweden's Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson.