Phelps ties for 3rd-quickest in 200 fly preliminaries
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP):
Michael Phelps had the spotlight to himself at the US Olympic swimming trials yesterday, qualifying third-fastest in the 200m butterfly, while rival Ryan Lochte took the morning off.
The world's top two swimmers won't be apart long. Phelps and Lochte were set for another showdown in the 200 freestyle final in the evening.
Phelps first had to get through the 200 fly prelims, and he moved on to the evening semi-final in a third-place tie with Thomas Luchsinger at 1:57.75. Phelps didn't speak with reporters after his race.
Bobby Bollier, who trains at Stanford, led the way in 1:56.69. Tyler Clary, who missed a spot on the US team when he finished third behind Lochte and Phelps in the 400 individual medley, was second at 1:57.23.
"You just kind of put it behind you," Clary said of his earlier disappointment. "Everybody encounters failure at some point. It's just about how quickly you can get back up on your feet and moving in a positive direction. Thankfully, my family and my girlfriend Caroline are here. They were able to kind of get in my head and turn it around. That really helped a lot."
Clary said he had a fever last weekend, but didn't say anything because he didn't want to make excuses for his showing in Monday's 400 IM.
"I'd like to say I'm 100 per cent but there's really no way of knowing," he said. "We'll see in tomorrow's final, if I make the dang final."
Phelps, who has yet to beat Lochte in two head-to-head match-ups so far at trials, won't swim his 200 fly semi-final until after he and Lochte meet in the 200 free final, allowing both swimmers to come in rested.