Michael Phelps said Sunday night that he won’t compete in the two hundred free preliminaries Monday. He didn’t swim Sunday on the opening night of the eight-day meet that determines the U.S. team for the Rio Olympic Games. Michael Phelps is dropping the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials, leaving the 18-time Olympic gold medalist with four events. Any swimmer on the Rio Olympic team may be selected for any relay, and Phelps’s coach Bob bowman, who will serve as head coach of the USA men in Rio, said before the trials that a robust showing in alternative events would be enough to place Phelps within the relay mix.
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That means his first event in Omaha are going to be the two hundred butterfly Tuesday. Michael Phelps earned silver in the event four years ago in London. The 27-year-old, who won the two hundred at the Olympic trials here, will still swim within the a hundred and two hundred butterfly, the two hundred and four hundred individual medleys and 3 relays.
The U.S. will surely want Phelps’ help within the 4×100 free relay after it failed to qualify for the final at last year’s world championships in Russia.
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“My first event are going to be the 200 butterfly,” Michael Phelps said late Sunday, as he turned out at CenturyLink Center to see training partner and friend Chase Kalisz book an Olympic berth with a victory in the 400m individual medley.
Phelps already holds the record for the 8 gold medals at one Olympics and overall total 14 but there are still important records within his reach. He wants just 3 more medals of any colour in London to surpass the mark of 18 held by former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina.
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