It wasn't the blowout we expected, but Michael Phelps led the field in the 200-meter butterfly this morning in Beijing to earn the tenth gold medal of his storied Olympic career. Phelps now stands alone in the record books with ten career golds.
Of all the four finals Phelps has competed in so far in China, this was by far his least impressive. That he set the world record and won by more than a second speaks to his dominance in the sport. Even on an night when he doesn't look his best, Phelps still can set world records and handily beat one of the fastest butterfly fields ever assembled.
(Update -- 12:25 a.m.): Phelps just told Andrea Kramer that part of his problems during the race stemmed from his googles filling with water when he dove off the blocks. The goggles steadily filled throughout the race, a definite inconvience and something that would slow anyone down a bit. Just the mere distraction could be enough to get Phelps off his game, but he pushed through it and still got a world record anyway.
Phelps will look to add another gold to his haul in less than an hour, when the American team looks to defend its Olympic title in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.