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It's Phelps, in a photo finish, for the seventh gold medal

August 23, 2008 |  9:31 am

Finish The International Olympic Committee and Omega, its official timekeeper, on Saturday released a series of digital photos that documented last week's 100-meter butterfly finish at the Water Cube.

Take a look (a larger image is available by clicking on "read more") and make up your own mind whether U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps beat out Serbia's Milorad Cavic on Aug. 16 for the gold medal.

Omega timer Silvio Chianese on Saturday maintained that the touchpad and photos both have Phelps touching out Cavic.

“In the third set of images, with Phelps on the left, it is clear he is really pushing hard, while Cavic, on the right, is just arriving,” Chianese told the Associated Press.

Last week’s victory gave Phelps his seventh gold medal of the Games, tying him with Mark Spitz for most golds in a single Olympics. A day later, Phelps won his eighth gold as a member of the United States’ 400 medley relay squad.

Phelps was clocked at 50.58 seconds. Cavic finished at 50.59.

-- Greg Johnson

Photo: This series of photos was taken by Omega, the official Olympics timer. It shows U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps and Serbia's Milorad Cavic finishing their 100-meter butterfly race at the Beijing Olympics on Aug. 16. Phelps beat Cavic by a hundredth of a second. The photos were shot by reverse-angle cameras suspended above the pool. Phelps swims in the second lane from the left in the column of images on the left. Cavic swims in the second lane from the right in the photos on the right-hand side. Credit: Omega