Swimming

Phelps came fifth, oh no wait.

Olympic commentator gets Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte mixed up during swimming final

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Commentating on some of the Olympic sports must be a tough challenge.

There must be so much research that goes into commentating and understanding some of the obscure sports that come about once every four years.

One sport that must be pretty simple to cover is swimming.

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However, one man found the 200m individual medley final very confusing indeed.

That man was Elliotte Friedman, commentator for Canada’s CBC channel, and what you’re about to witness is him making the biggest mistake of his life. (Scroll down to watch the video).

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We all know what an incredible athlete Michael Phelps is. The American was going for his 22nd gold and was up against countryman Ryan Lochte.

There was only one winner, though, as Phelps smashed all of his competitors, beating second place - Japan’s Kosuke Hagino - by almost two seconds, while Lochte faded to fifth.

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But that’s not how Friedman saw it.

He accidently mixed up Phelps and Lochte and he couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing.

“Ryan Lochte is going for his 13th career medal, saving the best for last,” said Friedman. “Finally, he’s going to do it.

“Ryan Lochte is going to beat Michael Phelps in this event in the games and Phelps might not even make the podium.”

That was until Phelps reached the end and his name was highlighted on his lane with a big number 1 next to it to show that he had won yet another gold.

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How was Friedman going to get himself out of this one?

Well, simply, he couldn’t.

There was a few seconds of silence as Friedman realised his huge error, before he said: “I apologise, I got my lanes mixed up.”

Take a look at the remarkable video below:

We’re sorry Friedman, but we just can’t stop laughing at your terrible mistake.

And neither can all these people on Twitter. Check out some of the reaction:

While there’s no doubt this story is pretty hilarious, there’s also an element of sadness about it. That’s because we can’t imagine just how bad Friedman is feeling right now.

He took to Twitter to apologise. He tweeted: “I’m sorry everyone. I blew it. No excuses.”

Please don’t apologise Friedman, you’ve probably just supplied us with the funniest moment of the Rio Olympics so far.

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Topics:
Swimming
Team USA Olympics
Michael Phelps
Ryan Lochte
Olympics

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