Phelps Sitting Out the 200 Free, 200 Fly Will Be 1st Event


In the media area during finals tonight, Michael Phelps said that he will not be swimming the men’s 200 free at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

With this update, Phelps’s first event will be the men’s 200 fly prelims on Tuesday.

Before the decision to drop the event, Phelps was seeded 14th. Since he will not be swimming here in Omaha, Phelps will most likely not be competing in the men’s 800 free relay in Rio.

Earlier this month, Phelps stated that he wanted to swim a quick enough time at the Longhorn Elite Invite that he could forgo the 200 free at this meet and still secure his spot on the relay, but he swam 1:48.73, falling to Townley Haas, Clark Smith, and Clay Youngquist of Texas.

However, since Bob Bowman is the head coach of the U.S. men’s Olympic Team, he still has the power to name Phelps to the Olympic relay.

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I still want Phelps on the relay in Rio.


Unless he shows up at practice and drops a 1:46, he’s not on this relay

Joel Lin

I think you are forgetting who the Olympic coach is. He decides.


Troy was the head coach in 2012 and Vanderkaay was under his tutelage and he still didn’t swim the 800 free relay despite posting a great get out time at the training camp in France. Clearly, he was on form because he won bronze in the 400 behind two drug cheats and was right on his best textile time ever.


I remember.That swim was posted on USA swimming,s Facebook was an outdoor pool. You could hear people cheering for him but then a coach say something like, “that wasn’t going to get it”.Coaching staff will make changes only if needed


Troy put lochte on the 4 X 100 free relay though.. Hell, he made him the anchor

Should have been grevers for the 4th spot


Bowman said something in the press conference about this. He said that if Michael’s at his best in his individual events, you have to assume he’s at his best across the board. If he swims the fly and IM like he did in 2015, he’ll be on the relay.


I think this is both fair and unfair. Fair for Michael, but unfair for the guy who finishes 6th in that event, races 3 times to earn that spot, etc. It will be hard to see where Phelps is in his 200 free given most of his events are stroke. If he is swimming a 100 free, and drops 47 something, maybe low 48, it would be fair to say he’d be in the mid 1:40’s in the 200 free, and give him the spot, but if he goes 48.5 (which honestly I doubt that will be a problem), I don’t think you put him on that relay.


I would thumbs up that ask say. MP both relay finals unless he says no.


doesn’t he know he’s messing up my picks? Guess watching that 400 IM freaked him out…


Yeah I bet he still swims finals if he’s swimming well at Rio and there aren’t four other guys that can swim 1:45s

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