Phelps Begins Last Run at Olympic Three-Peat in 100 Fly Prelims

  53 Braden Keith | August 02nd, 2012 | Featured, London 2012 Olympics, News, Previews & Recaps

The prelims on day 6 of this meet will see the fastest-of-the-fastest on the men’s side take on the 50 free, but also has the longest race on the women’s side in the 800 free. We’ll see American sensation Katie Ledecky in that 800, along with Kate Ziegler and defending champion Rebecca Adlington – Britain’s best chance at gold at this meet.

Michae Phelps also begins the preliminary rounds of the 100 fly, which is the 5th and final shot at a men’s three-peat, which is something that still has not ever been accomplished in Olympic swimming.

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Men’s 50 Free – Prelims

George Bovell’s decision to scratch the 100 free and focus strictly on this 50 paid off in the prelims, as he posted a 21.77 for the top seed. The Trinidadian sprinter, once an Olympic medalist in the 200 IM, is the 4th-best in history, and though he couldn’t match that time here, he does move to 7th in the world.

The two Brazilians sit close behind him with a 21.80 from defending World Champ Cesar Cielo of Brazil and a 21.82 from his understudy Bruno Fratus.

In all, just 6 men were sub 22-seconds in this opening round. That includes American Anthony Ervin in his meet debut with a 21.83 for the 4th seed, and South African Roland Schoeman breaking through for the first time this season with a 21,92. The 6th seed will be American Cullen Jones, who in his 100 freestyles thus far have looked great for 50 meters: a good sign for this race.

Among other finalists include both Australians (James Magnussen and Eamon Sullivan), France’s Florent ManaudouGideon Louw, and Canadian Brent Hayden. All of those men were between 22.0 and 22.2. The biggest misses include Great Britain’s Adam Brown in 22.42, Sweden’s Stefen Nystrand in 22.32, and France’s Amaury Leveaux in 22.35. This was the 4th Olympic Games for the 30-year old Nystrand.

Women’s 800 Free – Prelims

Katie Ledecky, the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Team at 15, was fantastic at the US Olympic Trials in late June. She was fantastic again here in the opening round of the 800 free in an 8:23.84, but she is up against a different class of swimmer in London. That swim will leave her with the 3rd seed headed into finals.

She was out very fast again, with an opening 400 of 4:09.68; but the two top seeds Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain (4:09.40/8:21.78) and Lotte Friis of Denmark (4:08.19/8:21.89) were both out faster, and it will be very interesting to see how the young Ledecky responds when she’s not swimming from the front – a position in which she’s thrived.

As for Adlington’s swim, it was a good warm up though she would be disappointed if not at least an 8:18 in finals. The crowd roared like they haven’t yet in a preliminary round at the London Aquatics Centre when Adlington took the pool, and she rewarded them by taking the top spot headed toward finals, which won’t be held until Friday night.

Mireia Belmonte-Garcia is 4th in 8:25.26, followed by New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle (8:25.91), a tie for 6th between Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas and Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto ((8:26.43) and France’s Coralie Balmy (8:27.15).

For Pinto, that makes her the first ever Venezuelan under 8:30 and crushes her own National Record. She trains in the United States with Gregg Troy and the Gator Swim Club; she’s been having a fantastic season as she climbs into the national view, but really kicked things into a different gear in this race. Balmy has had a great meet, but normally stumbled with a slowish back-half of this 800.

Both Chinese swimmers, surprisingly, missed, topped by Yiwen Shao in 9th in 8:27.78. They have had an extremely up-and-down meet this week. Spain’s Erika Villaecija-Garcia was 10th in 8:27.99. Canada’s Alexa Komarnycky struggled at Trials, but seems to have shaken off her funk and went a best time here of 8:28.11 for 11th place. That makes her the 2nd-fastest Canadian in history.

American Kate Ziegler was 21st in 8:37.38. She’s been battling the flu this week, and added more than 15 seconds from Trials.

Men’s 100 Fly – Prelims

Chad le Clos has really improved his speed and looked quite good in the prelims of this 100 fly after his upset in the 200. He will take the top seed into tonight’s final in 51.54. That’s a best time by half-a-second and a new South African Record. He was to face the same double tonight as will Michael Phelps, the 2nd seed in 51.72, but le Clos scratched the 200 IM without much of a chance at a medal.

Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin is the 3rd seed in 51.84, followed by Konrad Czerniak (51.85) and Milorad Cavic (51.90).

Germany’s Steffen Deibler (51.92) and Tyler McGill (51.92) were the only other swimmers under 52 seconds, for a total of 7.

Australia’s Chris Wright took 10th in 52.11.

There were no really huge misses for this final, though a few small surprises. Japan’s Takuro Fujii was only 21st in 52.49; however his teammate Takeshi Matsuda tied for 16th in 52.36. Matsuda declined the swim-off, leaving Germany’s Benjamin Starke in the semis, but that will make Japan feel much more cofnident in their medley relay choice, where Matsuda is expected to swim fly and Fujii the freestyle anchor.

Women’s 200 Back – Prelims

The two Americans Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel took the top two seeds in the prelims of this 200 back in times of 2:07.54 and 2:07.82. As the winners of the two fastest heats, they swam very similar races, and were the best of what was a terribly slow preliminary round – it took just a 2:10.60 to make the semifinals.

That slow heat worked to the favor of the Netherlands’ Sharon von Rouwendaal, who grabbed that final slot. She was the bronze medalist at Worlds last year, and there are high hopes for her to at least repeat that this year.

The third seed behind the pair from the United States is Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry in 2:08.14 – shooting for what would be an Olympic three-peat for her. The two Aussies Meagan Nay (2:08.40) and Belinda Hocking (2:08.75) are juts behind.

All of the big names were safely through, and we’ll be hoping for some more notable times in the semis.

 

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53 Comments on "Phelps Begins Last Run at Olympic Three-Peat in 100 Fly Prelims"


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DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Braden, I guess it’s you and me here again this morning! I want to thank you for the wonderful coverage you guys here at SwimSwam have provided of the Olympic swim meet. You have improved my enjoyment of the swimming competition 100 fold. Unfortunately, I’m not doing too well in the picks competition, but that’s another story…

moco swim mom
3 years 9 months ago

Glad to see Ervin and Jones came through the 50 heats with no problems.
Katie had a very nice controlled swim this morning. Go Katie! Kate looks to be in real trouble — what is up there?

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, this has been an exhausting meet for us east coast fans (not sure where you are), but I would never forgive myself if I missed one minute of the swimming! The US team is doing so great! Everybody has been making finals, lots of best times and medal-worthy performances! I just hope Phelps and Lochte and Franklin, etc, can hold it together for a few more days!

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

I’m sad for Ziegler! I thought for sure this Olympics would be very good for her.

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

I guess having the OT so close to the Olympics wasn’t good for distance swimming when you can’t recover like a 15 year old. I hope the men won’t have the same problem in the 1500!

moco swim mom
3 years 9 months ago

Indeed — working every Apple product I have to keep up with the live feeds and so grateful for whomever puts up the BBC feed info in the comments for each of the finals sessions (since the NBC feed seems to be blocked at work.) Just hating NBC for a) not showing the sessions live and b) only showing parts of each finals sessions during the prime time coverage in the morning.

And Kate Z’s time was 8:36, I believe. Something was way off there. I am very sorry she had such a poor swim. She looked so strong at trials.

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Good start for McGill! Let’s hope he can continue to improve in the semi’s!

HKswimmer
3 years 9 months ago

Phelps looking smooth! 51’72

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Le Clos continues to have an amazing meet! I expected Czerniak to win by a mile.

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Why does Phelps have to give me a heart attack every time! Whew!

HKswimmer
3 years 9 months ago

8th at the turn, 1st at the touch. Definitely leaving something for the 200IM

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

At least we know he has sprint speed in this meet. I hope we’ll see him turn things around in the finals of the 200 IM and 100 fly!

HKswimmer
3 years 9 months ago

I really think he’ll get the 100fly tomorrow. It’s been a rough meet for him so far but the GOAT is the GOAT for a reason, especially as that will be his last ever individual race. Just want to see him go out fast coupled with his usual backhalf.

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

From your voice to God’s ears! LOL!

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Braden, if you read this, I just want to put in a request for more of your skype chats re: the results of prelims and finals sessions! I’ve found them very enjoyable and informative!

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Beisel looks good! I’m hoping she has a better 200 back than at Worlds to (somewhat) make up for her disappointment in 400 IM. Finalist in both events in 1st Olympics; hopefully medalist in both events in her 2nd Olympics!!!

3 years 8 months ago

Unfortunate that she didn’t win but she did go a best time! I don’t think she really has anything to make up for. But yeah I hope she medals. She is one of the nicest and looked good this morning. I think she’ll be in for bronze at least. Maybe they can 1-2

HKswimmer
3 years 9 months ago

Yay for Missy! First into the semi, very controlled race 1:02 – 1:05

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

Coventry is doing her best to join Egerzegi as a 3 time champion in 200 back! Good job from her as wll as Franklin and the Australians.

Andre Lucena
3 years 9 months ago

Cielo going to 21 low, tonight

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

It will be interesting to see who gets faster as the rounds go on. Ervin did at US Trials. Hopefully Jones can as well. Bovell is always good. I don’t know if Manadou is consistent. I don’t give Magnussen much chance in this event.

propellor
3 years 9 months ago

Based on his 100m free performance yesterday, I doubt it. He was actually faster back in November. I know he has never been known for second-half stamina, but that collapse was shocking (dropping from first place to sixth, I mean). He will likely max out at 21.40, and someone like Ervin or Bovell will beat him in the finals.

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

So you think Ervin can improve beyond the 21.6 lifetime best he swam at OT? I sure hope so, but that’s a tall order. This Fratus guy could also win the whole thing, we can’t forget about him!

Rafael
3 years 9 months ago

I Think cielo will probably go 21 low.. at least go for new OR..

3 years 8 months ago

I hope to see something good from Cielo! Have him as my favorite for gold

Jg
3 years 9 months ago

This whole thing is too long. I think to liven things up -all the heats day one & two. Semis day 3 & all the finals day 4 & 5.

I am getting bored.

Has anyone got any jokes?

Andre Lucena
3 years 9 months ago

Fratus, Jones and Ervin looking for a medal, I guess they will swim 21.5/.4. Cielo is in another level

Philip Johnson
3 years 8 months ago

these Olympics have been all about upsets. Phelps, Magnussen, & Soni just some of the big names that have gone down so far. i would still put Cielo as the favorite, but i wouldn’t be surprised if he’s beaten.

Rafael
3 years 8 months ago

On the afternoon I think we will know how Good Cielo is looking..

The race for upset will be 200IM… I would not be surprised on any finish order.. or even Phelps Locked out..

Backtothepoolture
3 years 8 months ago

“Phelps LOCKEd out” – good one! This will be the race of the night (followed closely by 800F – Go Katie!)

LBSWIMFAN
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think the 800 final is until tomorrow night.

3 years 8 months ago

I cant see phelps being locked out… Maybe Lochte if he’s too beat after the 200 back. (I certainly hope not but it’s gonna be tough)

Rafael
3 years 8 months ago

Phelps looked very tired at semis already and his time from Semi was not a medal lock..

3 years 8 months ago

I still feel like he will be faster. At least his time from US Trials. I wonder if Lochte will have enough left to hold off phelps and the field.

Rafael
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks to Coach Pussieldi this news is something big

Probably we have some of, if not the best 4 IMers ever now..

For the first time, the 4 same guys, will be at their third consecutive olympic final, at 200IM.

Since 2004, Phelps, Locthe, Cseh and Pereira never missed any final. If not for Cseh Upset, the same would have happened at 400IM.

Andre Lucena
3 years 8 months ago

The “Fantastic Four”, said Coach Pussieldi.

Philip Johnson
3 years 8 months ago

incredible consistency by those four swimmers.

drdov
3 years 8 months ago

It’s interesting watching Chad swim
He said in an interview that he has all of Michael’s races on his computer and he studies them and has watched them all countless times over and over again
If you notice he takes the first 50 very easy and comes back Phelps style
In the 200 he said he felt like HE was Phelps on the last turn and wanted to come back like Phelps did against cavic

Philip Johnson
3 years 8 months ago

Chad is a class act. although he took down the greatest swimmer of all time, he still praised Phelps & has enormous respect for him. no trash talking or whatnot, just admiration. a true champion!

Kirk
3 years 8 months ago

I noticed a lot of guys in the 200 fly finals breathing every stroke. The Phelps effect?

Shiki
3 years 8 months ago

Is Ledecky’s coach Yuri in Longdon now?

MoCo Swim mom
3 years 8 months ago

Yes, he is.

TX Swimmer
3 years 8 months ago

What was Chad Le Clos best time in the 200 fly before the Olympics? His 100fly seed time was not even in the top 25. I think he and his coach have purposely been flying under the radar to avoid attention and expectations.

ChestRockwell
3 years 8 months ago

If this is true, they intentionally avoided attention, it is one of the best coaching moves in history. I think the attention is to blame for a lot of poor performances, and really makes what Phelps did in ’08 that much more impressive.

beachmouse
3 years 8 months ago

Swimnews has Le Clos listed as #17 in the world in 2011 at 52.15, and 1:55 in the 200 fly. Seems like he spent the winter chasing the big World Cup money rather than racing long course, and the really heavy racing schedule from those meets might have given him a lot of practice for good finishes in tough company.

john26
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t know about you guys, but I personally dislike LeClos’ stroke, the bent arms look very forced and the opposite of elegant.

PsychoDad
3 years 8 months ago

Compared to Phelps every otehr fly stroke is “bad”. His fly looks so effortless, with smooth recovery entry. However, like in case of Soni and all little girls copying her stroke, many boys are trying to copy him and his breathing every stroke and that is a very bad idea for 99% of them.

Chest Rockwell
3 years 8 months ago

This is pretty rare these days, the recovery has become rather uniform – straight arms low to the water.

Hippo-K12
3 years 8 months ago

totally agree w/u! Michael has the most beautiful fly troke of them all. i just love watching him swim it. He’s the best!

EvolvingSprinter
3 years 8 months ago

Does anyone have the exact link for live streaming again? It’s somewhat hard to navigate since there are so many sports and it’s hard to tell before finals start if it’s the right video.

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