Is Michael Phelps really swimming the 200 breast? (Video Interview)

Until the day comes, who can really say but the man himself?

Michael Phelps, as we have all observed with giddy and childish excitement, is having the meet of his life. His 1:52.94 200 Butterly was the best he’s ever swam that race, according to the man himself (even better than when he broke the world record). He’s put it all out there, also going 50.45 in the 100 fly (narrowly beating the time thrown down by a fired up Chad Le Clos) and is slated to put up another staggering performance tonight in the 200 IM.

Only one question remains: is he really swimming the 200 breastroke on the last day of competition at the Phillips66 National Champs? When we asked him, he was coy as usual. However, he did poke at a few things.

1. He’s excited to race Reece Whitley, and young up-and-coming 6’8″ breastroke star.

2. His best time may very well have been swam before Reece was born.

3. He will probably swim prelims.

I say Phelps is going to do it, at least in the morning. He’s having a sensational meet, why stop now? This year he has been all about challenging himself to go above and beyond, just as he did in his preparation for Beijing, and this falls right in line. Swimming the 400 free in the prelims of the Mesa Arena Pro Swim Series stop (where he tied Katie Ledecky), adding the 200 butterfly back into his repertoire, and now swimming the 200 breast at his taper meet a year out of the olympics. It can’t hurt, he’s got nothing to lose, and who knows, maybe he will once again put up a time that will have jaws dropping faster than… well, his race.

Any guesses?

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MTK
5 years ago

I honestly don’t know what to expect from Phelps in this event, maybe something in the 2:11-2:13 range?

I bet he scratches from finals though.

Pvdh
Reply to  MTK
5 years ago

MP is gonna read this comment, see that you underestimated his time and go 2:06 for a new wr

Competitive Trash Talker
Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

He CAN’T go 2:06

Ger
Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

LOL

Ds4159
Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

lololol

Cate
Reply to  MTK
5 years ago

I hope he swims it just because people are paying good money to sit in that hellacious heat to see him swim. He’s the one that is putting people in the seats. I bet some people take the day off from work to see it.

neffry
5 years ago

I would love to see where Phelps is at in the 200 Breast. It would be an indication of where he is in his training program. While it’s his weakest stroke, if he were able to get to a second swim, it would definitely be further testament to all the work he’s put in this summer and what he’ll be able to do in the I.M. at Rio. I’m hoping he swims it and has fun doing it!

Lazy Observer
5 years ago

Sorry to post off-topic, but for those like me who missed the 100fly last night, there is an okay video from the stands up online now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dANVKR5ztA.

Thanks
Reply to  Lazy Observer
5 years ago

Thanks

Ds4159
Reply to  Lazy Observer
5 years ago

Thank you!

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