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
6 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
6 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
6 years ago

He CAN’T go 2:06

Ger
Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

LOL

Ds4159
Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

lololol

Cate
Reply to  MTK
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 years ago

Thanks

Ds4159
Reply to  Lazy Observer
6 years ago

Thank you!

Lane Four
6 years ago

Please swim this, Michael. Please.

We Love Phelps
Reply to  Lane Four
6 years ago

can’t wait to see it tomorrow MP vs. Reece Whitley 😀
i am still in shock with what happened last night in the 1fly in san antonio… i predicted 50.60
i love the crowd the energy the race itself and of course the man who owns this race, Michael Phelps the greatest butterflyer in history…splasing back to 2009 WC. gave me chills… this is scary people 😀 😀

Justin Thompson, i agreed with you that MP has a 1:54 high in him.
wouldn’t be surprised if i see the WR tonight!!!

KD
6 years ago

If Koch comes out and starts talking smack, we’ll definitely see him stay in finals and go 2:06.

neffry
Reply to  KD
6 years ago

so… smack talking for MP is like spinach for Popeye the sailor? It magically gives him super powers? Ha… of course watch me say this and them see MP pop some ridiculous sub 2:10 (which I doubt) but you never know

PHELPS SWIMS 200 BREAST RIO
6 years ago

Go Phelps!!

Lili
6 years ago

How is this “the meet of his life”?

bobo gigi
Reply to  Lili
6 years ago

Yes. That’s very funny.
Looks like everybody is very tired after a week of intense swimming.

no1swimfreak
Reply to  Lili
6 years ago

Given the year leading up to this meet, last summer’s performances, and his performances 2010-2012 (throw out 2009 because of the suits), this is a REALLY good meet for him.

john26
Reply to  Lili
6 years ago

Funny you should say that because it would be the meet of their lives for anyone else in the world.
Imagine if Cseh or LeClos just swam these times. We’d probably have a heart attack if Hagino swam these times- like Phelps’ 4peats would be in serious doubt- ditto Lochte.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

It will be fun.

But with the 200 IM of Rio in mind, the stroke MP needs to work the most in the next months is backstroke. In all his 200 IM races since he’s back in the water, I’ve seen him struggle a lot with that stroke. It will be very interesting to see tonight if it has improved.

Gaash
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I think breaststroke needs the mot improvement and it is the most important stroke in the IM. Ironic I know, but the fact is more breaststroke is swam than anything other stroke.

MTK
Reply to  Gaash
6 years ago

I think that backstroke is most important in the 200IM, in such a short race, you have to be able to move on the 2nd 50. 400IM I’d say it’s breastroke though, as we say with Tyler Clary today, splitting an abysmal 1:14 compared to the 1:08-1:11s by the other top finalists.

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