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The Greatest Comeback Ever

So my buddy Mel Stewart sent me an email tonight -- he said that Jason Lezak retired.





Jason Lezak.





Jason Lezak?





Mel's email: "Lezak anchored the 4x100 relay in Beijing …"





OHHHHH. Jason Lezak. The name might only sound vaguely familiar, but the race … unforgettable. It remains one of the most amazing things I've ever seen, one of the most amazing things any one of us has ever seen. You didn't have to be a swim fan. You didn't have to know anything about swimming. You didn't even have to be a sports fan. This was  Beijing, when Michael Phelps was trying for eight gold medals, Lezak was indeed anchoring his 4x100 relay.





And France was basically a full body length ahead of the U.S. when Lezak hit the water. This was daunting enough. But it just so happened that the Frenchman who was a full body length ahead was Alain Bernard, who happened to be the world record holder in the 100-meter freestyle. So, basically, the race was over.





Only … it wasn't over at all. It was, instead, just beginning.





Watch the whole amazing thing … or fast forward to about 3:00 and watch the optical illusion and listen as disbelieving announcers come to understand just what they are seeing.









You can read a lot more about Lezak's retirement on

Mel's fabulous swim site, SwimSwam.
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